Woman's death 13 years after shooting could bring new charges

Woman's death 13 years after shooting could bring new charges

Credit: Washington State Department of Corrections

Lakeesha LaShawn Johnson in 1999

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by KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on November 16, 2011 at 12:58 PM

SEATTLE – The man convicted of shooting a woman 13 years ago, leaving her with wounds that ultimately led to her death last week, could face new charges now that it’s been ruled a homicide.

Lakessha LaShawn Johnson, 34, was found dead on Nov. 8. The medical examiner’s office said she had been shot in the spine and paralyzed. She ended up suffering from what were basically bed sores that became infected, which led to her death.

The King County Sheriff’s Office says Ronnie Brown was convicted of shooting Johnson in the back outside Skyway Bowl in Seattle in November 1998. Johnson was in the front seat of a car and Brown was behind her when the gun went off. Brown told police he had picked up a bag with a gun in it and the gun went off.

Brown served two years in prison for the shooting. He is currently in prison on unrelated charges.

Sheriff’s detectives will meet with prosecutors to discuss whether Brown will be charged in Johnson’s death.

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