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Prosecutor: Orange County Murder Suspect Stole Gun, Pot

Posted December 20, 2007 10:22 a.m. EST
Updated December 20, 2007 5:32 p.m. EST

— Authorities have made an arrest in connection with the November shooting death of an Orange County woman killed during a break-in at her home.

Sheriff's investigators have charged Doné Octavous Johnson, 20, with murder and robbery with a dangerous weapon in connection with the death of Eva Marie Johnson Jacobs, 49.

In court Thursday, a prosecutor said Johnson stole a shotgun and stole $300 worth of marijuana from Jacobs' home.

A search warrant was issued at 245 Harper Street where Johnson spent the night before his arrest. Johnson lives in multiple places in Hillsborough, authorities said. Details of that search warrant are not yet known.

On Nov. 26, Jacobs called 911 about a break-in in progress at her 7121 Compton Road home in Cedar Grove on the morning of her death, but a deputy found her wounded in both legs on her porch. She was pronounced dead at UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill.

A search of the residence turned up evidence of marijuana, according to an earlier search warrant. Authorities found marijuana in a couch, the floor of an upstairs bedroom and a shower stall in the garage.

Investigators also found Jacobs' checkbook, which listed deposits ranging from $600 to $1,000 every other day. Each of the deposits had the word "crop" written beside it on the memo line, according to the search warrant.

Investigators said they were looking for three men who were last seen in a white, full-size, extended cab truck, possibly a Ford. On Dec. 11, authorities found a white Ford F-150 believed to have been driven by the men. The vehicle was taken to the State Bureau of Investigation crime lab for processing.

Authorities are still looking for the other two individuals. Their descriptions have not yet been released by authorities.

Johnson was given a court-appointed attorney. His next court appearance will be Jan. 3. He is being held without bond in the Orange County Jail.

In a separate incident, reporters were delayed in leaving the courtroom because of an scuffle in the hallway involving a prisoner.

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