UPDATE: New Details Released in Amherst Co. Murder

Update: 12:50 p.m.

Amherst Co., VA - Cordell Carter will remain in jail after turning himself in Wednesday morning. Amherst County Sheriff Jimmy Ayers says Carter is being held without bond and will not have a bond hearing.

Ayers says 30-year-old Jennifer Johnson died of a gunshot wound. Both of her sons were inside the home on South Amherst Highway at the time. Ayers says one of the sons, who is six-years-old, is a child Johnson and Carter had together.

Witnesses tell the Sheriff's Office that the couple had a rocky relationship, which included a domestic call in November 2012. Sheriff Ayers says there is a record of deputies serving a protective order at that address but they don't know who it was against.


Update: 12:07 p.m.

Amherst Co., VA - Officials confirmed that Cordell Carter turned himself in to the Amherst County Sheriff's Office Wednesday morning.

Law enforcement all across Central Virginia had been searching for Carter since Tuesday afternoon.

Investigators say Carter killed Jennifer Johnson, 30. She was found dead at her Amherst County home Tuesday.

Deputies in Amherst County also confirm Carter is in custody.

The search for Carter stretched across several jurisdictions including Campbell County, Amherst County, and Lynchburg.

Lynchburg Police searched a home on Federal Street around 9 a.m. Wednesday morning.

Officers set up a perimeter around the home while K-9 and tactical officers when inside.

Sources tell ABC 13 the home is one of two properties Lynchburg Police searched Wednesday morning, both turned up nothing.

ABC 13 crews were on the scene as they were called to Jennifer Johnson's home. We still don't know how Johnson died or her relationship with Cordell Carter.

The Sheriff in Amherst County was attending a funeral when Carter turned himself in.

ABC 13 expects to hear more from the sheriff once he gets back.


Amherst Co., VA - The suspect in the murder of Jennifer Harper Johnson has turned himself in, law enforcement officers tell ABC 13.

Cordell Lionel Carter, 49, was wanted in Amherst County and was considered armed and dangerous.

Agencies spent most of Tuesday evening and part of Tuesday night into Wednesday morning trying to locate Carter.

Stay with ABC 13 for further updates.

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