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Judge allows media in to grand jury review of Johnson case

Circuit Court Judge Robert Krebs is allowing reporters and photographers to bring their laptops into the courtroom today to get up-to-the-minute coverage of a grand jury ruling regarding the shooting death of George County Football standout Billey Joe Johnson Jr.

Friends of the family are starting to make their way up to the upstairs courtroom. State troopers are checking everyone entering the courthouse with metal detectors.

Krebs said he allowed cameras and reporters to go in the courtroom with their equipment because he felt people had the right to know what happened as soon as it happened.

Johnson, 17, died Dec. 8, shortly after George County sheriff's Deputy Joe Sullivan pulled him over for a traffic violation.

The deputy said he was at his patrol car when he heard a gunshot and breaking glass and then saw Johnson outside his truck with a shotgun on top of him. The sheriff said afterwards that Johnson died of a self-inflicted shotgun blast.

Johnson's family said he wouldn't have killed himself.

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