Murder suspect to face grand jury

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, November 16, 2004

Johnny Howard, accused of killing his girlfriend with a double-barrel 12-gauge shotgun, is set to face a Grand Jury today.

Howard, 40, is suspected of killing his 25-year-old girlfriend, Lynell Wynn.

According to police, at least one of Wynn’s three children was present when she was shot.

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“At least one of the children was actually standing in an adjacent room,” Selma Police Chief Robert Jacobs said.

The children are now in the care of one of Wynn’s relatives.

Wynn was shot and killed Saturday morning. Police took Howard into custody for questioning and later arrested him for the crime.

Howard is being charged with murder.

Jacobs said the case could result in other charges, depending on the District Attorney’s office.

District Attorney Ed Greene indicated the case was the result of a domestic violence dispute.

“It’s one of the reasons we have put such an emphasis on domestic violence,” Greene said. “So many times in these cases with domestic violence we end up burying somebody.”

Greene said the added emphasis has brought about a decrease in domestic violence cases coming through Dallas County Courts. Still Greene said the issue isn’t going to go away.

“It’s not going away as long as people keep having disagreements,” he said.

Police are still investigating the case and are seeking information on the incident.

Howard is currently being held in the Dallas County Jail with a $150,000 bond.

This is the 13th murder in Selma this year, and the third in less than a week.

The last two occurred Sunday, Nov. 7, when Robert Fails Jr. and Antonio Boggan were both killed during a shootout at Donnie Roy’s Nightspot on Maxey Avenue.

Cornelius Ford was later arrested and charged with Fails’ death and two other counts of first degree assault.

Anyone having information about the shooting is urged to contact either Crime Stoppers at 334-874-3530, the Selma Police Department’s Secret Witness Line at 334-874-2190 or the Selma Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division at 334-874-2125.