Man allegedly tied to murder of Middletown man arrested near Los Angeles

LANCASTER, Calif. -- Police made an arrest on Wednesday in connection to the murder of a Middletown man that happened in September. 

William Kuhn of Middletown was found shot and killed on September 18 in Dogwood Park in Goose Creek, S.C., as reported by Journal-News . The 40-year-old victim was shot in the head, and his wallet and vehicle were stolen. 

Weeks later, 24-year-old Stephon Johnson was tracked down by U.S. Marshal's Service agents in Lancaster, a town in northern Los Angeles County. 

"I'm feeling excited, relieved that they got him," Dreama Allen, Kuhn's younger sister, said Thursday afternoon. "It's not going to bring him back," she said of her brother, "but at least the guy will get what's coming to him."

Allen, of Huber Heights, learned of the arrest when police called her Thursday. She told Journal-News she started crying. 

Later Thursday night, sibling William Bowling told Journal-News of his plans to travel to South Carolina.

Journal-News said Kuhn had no identification on him when officers found him. Capt. John Grainger of the Goose Creek Police Department said law enforcement helped the Berkeley County Coroner's Office name Kuhn from his fingerprints. 

Legally blind when the crime happened, Kuhn's body lied on the ground at the park until a group of kids on bikes found him. One young biker called his father, who called 911. The children told officers they saw a red Ford F-150 truck leave Dogwood Park just after emergency crews arrived. It was unclear who the pick-up belonged to. 

Journal-News reported Kuhn had moved to nearby Charleston for a government job with a mini-mart, according to his family. The Kuhns had spent most of their lives in Middletown, but also lived in Miamisburg and Franklin. 

Johnson was taken to the L.A. County Jail to await an extradition hearing. 

 

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