Prosecutor to drop charges in 2014 Anderson murder
ANDERSON, Ind (Dec. 10, 2014)- Charges related to the 2014 shooting death of 24-year-old Brandon Boone will be dropped.
Boone was shot and killed inside an Anderson barbershop on Thanksgiving morning in 2014.
The Madison County prosecutor says he’s not convinced of the weight of the evidence as this case moves forward. The murder charges are expected to be dismissed no later than Monday.
“Good things happen to those who wait,” said Tina Boone-Turner, Brandon’s mother.
Boone-Turner will have to keep waiting for justice.
“We are very confused,” she said.
Raymond Johnson was arrested in August and accused of fatally shooting Boone. He is survived by his two kids, mother, a fiance, and several siblings.
“We can’t even get on with our normal lives because we are focused on this case and it matters a lot to us,” said Boone-Turner.
Madison County Prosecutor Rodney Cummings says the evidence just isn’t there.
“I’m not persuaded that the evidence is strong enough. I’m not convinced that we should or could get a conviction in this case right now,” said Cummings. “We have a number of pieces of circumstantial evidence but the primary piece of substantive evidence was a DNA match and it wasn’t a very significant match.”
Boone’s brother Jason was inside the barbershop along with several other people at the time of the shooting. Jason survived several strikes to the head from a baseball bat.
Cummings says this case is proving difficult to prosecute because none of the witnesses are willing to come forward with information.
“There’s a number of people who know exactly what happened on this case and several others in our community and sadly they just refuse to come forward and cooperate,” said Cummings.
“I have faith that this is going to work out,” said Boone-Turner.
Along with the dismissed murder charge, Johnson will also be cleared of three counts of armed robbery and two counts of aggravated battery in connection with the barbershop homicide.
However, Johnson will remain behind bars for charges he accumulated during the traffic stop that ultimately led to his arrest in August. In that case, he was charged with driving without a license, false informing, resisting law enforcement, violating probation and possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon.
You are asked to call the Anderson Police Department at 765-648-6775 if you have any information that could help investigators.