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County has first murder of the year

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By Staff Brunswick Beacon

LELAND—Three shots rang through the early-morning calm last Friday at a Leland home, one of them striking a 26-year-old man.

Jerome Roberto Echlos died from a single gunshot wound to the chest at his Brandon Drive home around 3 a.m.

Norris Tywynne Johnson, 26, also of 6786 Brandon Drive, has been charged with his murder, Brunswick County Sheriff Ronald Hewett said.

According to Hewett, Johnson and his girlfriend drove to the Brandon Street home from her home in Clinton, where the two had been living. They arrived in Leland around 3 a.m.


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