Arrest made in murder of Rosedale man
by Chance Wright
Nov 15, 2012 | 8103 views | 0 0 comments | 28 28 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Ceasar Johnson III, 26, of Rosedale appeared before Bolivar County Justice Court Judge Betty Taylor on Tuesday accused of the brutal murder of Gregory Johnson Jr., 28, that occurred on Nov. 1 at the J.Y. Trice Apartment Complex in Rosedale.

During that initial appearance, Judge Taylor set Johnson's bond at $100,000 and he remains in custody at the Bolivar County Regional Correctional Facility in Cleveland.

"Ceasar Johnson III was picked up and formally charged with murder on Friday," said Gerald Wesley Jr. chief deputy for the sheriff's department.

The investigation began when a call came into the 911-dispatcher in the late evening hours of Nov. 1.

The caller, an apparent resident at the apartment complex, said to authorities that an automobile had run into one of the buildings.

Bolivar County Sheriff Kelvin Williams Sr. said that the Rosedale Police Department was dispatched to the scene and immediately contacted the sheriff's department.

"When we arrived on the scene, we found Johnson's body in the front seat of his vehicle," said Williams. "Our initial thoughts were that there had been some kind of confrontation and Johnson had put the car in gear attempting to flee when he was shot. The car likely was put in reverse and rolled into the building."

An investigation collaborated investigation ensued which led to the arrest of Johnson III.

Williams said that even though an arrest in this case has been made, local law enforcement still need the aid of county residents to keep the streets of Bolivar County safe.

"As always we are asking the people of Bolivar County to come forward," said Williams. "We continue to need the help of citizens to solve crimes. I would like to personally encourage anyone who may have information on this, or any other, crime to contact the Bolivar County Sheriff's Department at 843-5378 or the Cleveland-Bolivar County chapter of CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS."