EXCLUSIVE: ABC 13 Crew Captures Carter as He Is Taken Into Custody
Amherst, VA - Cordell Carter is now behind bars at the Blue Ridge Regional Jail in Amherst, being held without bond.
Carter turned himself into authorities just before 11 a.m. Wednesday morning.
ABC 13 was getting ready for a live report at noon when we got word that Cordell Carter had turned himself in.
A few minutes later, deputies escorted Carter out to a patrol car and carted him off to the Blue Ridge Regional Jail.
Our cameras rolled, getting the exclusive footage of Carter.
"Do you have anything you'd like to say, Cordell?" we asked Carter.
Carter, was silent, however, as deputies led him away in handcuffs, marking the end of a 20-hour search that involved the FBI, Amherst County Sheriff's Office, Campbell County Sheriff's Office, and the Lynchburg Police Department.
"Those citizens that live in close proximity to this are un-easy, you've got family that's uneasy because the question lies as to why," said Sheriff Jimmy Ayers.
Just before 2 p.m. Tuesday, deputies were called to 1773 South Amherst Highway where they discovered the body of Jennifer Johnson.
Sheriff Ayers says Johnson's two sons were inside when Carter, her estranged boyfriend and the father of her six year-old son, shot her to death and took off.
Deputies issued a "be on the lookout", or BOLO, to law enforcement across the state, calling Carter armed and dangerous.
According to a search warrant at his Campbell County home, officers took Carter's black pick-up truck, clothing, electronics and a black magazine for a firearm.
Wednesday morning, Lynchburg police burst through the door of a home on Federal Street after a neighbor reported seeing a light on inside the vacant property.
It was the second search for Carter in the city of Lynchburg that turned up nothing.
"It was a long day yesterday and early hours this morning and back at it again this morning," Ayers explained.
It's not clear the exact circumstances that led up to the killing, but investigators say there was a history of domestic violence.
The sheriff says in 2012, Carter called deputies to the South Amherst Highway home after a dispute involving Johnson, and that they issued a protective order, although it's not clear who it was served against.
Now the focus shifts from searching for a suspect, to searching for any answers.
"Those two young fellas, the children left behind, hopefully it will start some closure for those little guys," Ayers said.