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Hearing delayed for accused in Modesto killing

Carol Laverne Harris
Carol Laverne Harris Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department

A judge delayed a court hearing Friday morning for six people accused in the shooting death of a Modesto man.

Karl Johnson’s wife, listed in court documents as Carol Laverne Harris, 51, is among those charged with killing the 39-year-old in his northeast Modesto home Aug. 30.

Stanislaus County Superior Court Judge Nancy Ashley set a pre-trial hearing for 8:30 a.m. Wednesday morning.

Desamona Crowder, 24, of Fresno, George Marvin Willoughby Jr., 24, of Oakland and Dasheme Kareme Hosley, 30, of Berkeley, all face murder charges, according to court documents.

Alisia Shantay Brown, 19, of Oakland and Deleon Abdul Jabbar Hosley, 28, of Berkeley, face charges of felony accessory to murder, the documents said.

Police have released little information about the case, citing an ongoing investigation. They have not said whether a murder weapon was found, nor the other suspects’ relationship with Johnson.

According to relatives, Johnson’s home was used as a halfway house for recovering drug addicts, and five people were living with Johnson and his wife when he was killed.

Officers were called to the house in the 2900 block of Lincoln Oak Drive, just south of Ustach Middle School, at 4:48 a.m. on Aug. 30, according to Sgt. Brian Findlen. When they arrived, they found Karl Johnson, who had been shot. He was taken to a Modesto hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

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