Huntington police officers have identified the victim in Tuesday’s shooting as 44-year-old Robert Crutcher. The Huntington Police Department said he died from his injuries at the hospital on Tuesday evening. Officers found him in an upstairs bedroom on 27th Street just after 5 p.m. Crutcher had a gunshot wound to the chest. He was transported to St. Mary’s Medical Center where he died a short time later, according to investigators.
The suspect in the shooting has been identified as 25-year-old James Lee Johnson of Michigan. After the shooting, Johnson showed up at Cabell Huntington Hospital seeking treatment for head injuries, police said.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) — Just a week before he was supposed to go on trial for murder, James Johnson has made a plea in the case.
The shooting happened on December 17, 2013, on 27th Street in Huntington.
Police say Johnson, 26, of Huntington, shot Robert Crutcher, 44, in the upper body.
Crutcher was taken to the hospital but did not survive.
Investigators say it appears Crutcher, Johnson and several other men were in an upstairs bedroom at Crutcher’s home when they got into an argument. That’s when they say Crutcher told Johnson to leave, and Johnson pulled out a pistol and shot him.
In court this week, Johnson pleaded no contest to second degree murder and received a 30-year prison sentence.