The Transylvania Times -

Johnson Out Of Jail, Posts $200,000 Bail


By Lenora Moody

Staff Writer

Denver Franklin Johnson, the man accused of murdering David Morgan in Brevard last December, is out of jail after posting $200,000 bail.

The 33-year-old was arrested for first-degree murder on Dec. 21 and was denied bond. On Jan. 15, Johnson was given a $200,000 secured bond and made his bail on March 27 through the Brevard Bail Bonds.

Capt. Kevin Creasman, with the Transylvania County Sheriff's Office, said it was not usual for an individual who has such a large bond amount to make bail.

"However, if you can make it, you can get out," said Creasman.

The 57-year-old Morgan was found Dec. 14 buried in the back yard of a home on South Caldwell Street. Johnson was living on the property in a small travel trailer about 50 feet from where the body was found.

Thomas Reid, who owns the property, reported the body when he unearthed an arm in his back yard. Morgan's later identified body was shown to have massive hemorrhaging, blunt trauma and lacerations to the head and brain upon examination. Johnson is on the Transylvania County Superior Court docket to stand trial for first-degree murder. The next term of Superior Court begins on June 2. Morgan's son, Curtis, was also charged with accessory after the fact and concealment of death in connection with the case. He was issued a $15,000 secured bond and made bail.

The initial charges were dismissed on Jan. 31. The District Attorney's Office now plans to seek Grand Jury indictments.


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