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UPDATE: Grand Jury to Hear Amherst Co. Murder Suspect Cordell Carter Case

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UPDATE: Tuesday in Amherst County, a grand jury is hearing the case of a man accused of accused of murdering a woman.

Cordell Carter turned himself in following a manhunt in January.  He is charged with first degree murder and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony.
   
Investigators say Carter shot and killed Jennifer Johnson, but Carter's atttorney says there is not enough evidence to show that he pulled the trigger.

UPDATE: A preliminary hearing was held, Monday, for Cordell Carter, the man accused of killing his ex-girlfriend in January.

Family members of Cordell Carter and Jennifer Johnson were in the courtroom and sat just one row from each other. Carter was dressed in an orange prison jumpsuit and showed no emotion as Johnson's 14-year old son took the stand.

Johnson's son testified that he, his 7-year-old brother and mother were in the house that day on January 14. He says that's when Carter,who is Johnson's on again off again boyfriend and father of her youngest child, walked in.

According to Johnson's son, the two went to his mother's room and closed the door. He stated he could hear the two arguing from the other room. Moments later, he says Carter walked out of the house.

Members of Johnson's family who were in court today held back tears as the 14-year-old recalled discovering his mother's body on the bedroom floor. He says he ran to his Uncle's home and called 911.

Carter's attorney motioned to dismiss the case, stating that there was not enough evidence to show that Carter was indeed the one that fired the gun.
However, the judge denied his motion and moved the case to the grand jury set for June 10.

The judge also denied a subsequent bond motion.________________

Amherst Co.,VA - The man accused of killing a woman at her Amherst County home in January is expected to appear in court today for his preliminary hearing.

Cordell Carter is charged with the second-degree murder of Jennifer Johnson, 30.  Carter turned himself into the Sheriff's Office the day after deputies found Johnson's body inside her home off Route 29. 

ABC-13 will be at today's preliminary hearing.  

We have requested to have our cameras inside the courtroom.  A judge will make a decision about that before the hearing.
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