EASTPOINTE — At press time, an Eastpointe woman was due to return to Eastpointe’s 38th District Court after she was accused of killing her husband with a firearm.
Carletta Johnson, 42, is accused of shooting her husband in the back of the head after an argument in the early hours of December 27.
At approximately 2:20 am on Dec. 27, officers were called to a house on the 17000 block of Veronica Avenue in the Toepfer Drive and Kelly Road area, according to a news release from the Eastpoint Police Department.
When officers arrived, they reportedly witnessed Johnson offering assistance to her husband of 43 years. indicated that it may have been the result of “domestic situations”.
According to news releases, several firearms were found in the home, including the weapon used in the shooting. The news release did not specify the type of firearm and did not name the victim.
Johnson was reportedly arrested without incident.
Johnson was indicted on December 28 before 38th District Court Judge Kathleen Galen on one count of second-degree murder and one count of felony firearms. Johnson pleaded not guilty to the charges against him, according to court documents. Galen has set up his $1 million cash or bond that requires a GPS tether.
Joan Ellerbush Morgan is Johnson’s court-appointed attorney, according to court documents. Eastsider reached out to Eller Bush Morgan via email for comment on the matter, but did not receive a response by press time.
On the afternoon of December 28, Macomb County Prosecutor Peter Lucido issued a press release regarding the allegations.
“Gun violence is not the answer to the debate,” he said.
“The defendant must have no contact with her children who were at home at the time of the crime,” the press release said.
The murder charge carries a potential life sentence if convicted, and the felony firearms charge carries a maximum sentence of two years in prison if convicted, according to the public prosecutor’s office.
Johnson was scheduled to appear in court on Jan. 10 for a presumed cause conference after Eastsider hit the press. Johnson also plans to hold a preliminary hearing in the 38th District Court on January 17.
Court dates are subject to change.
Attempts to contact the East Point Department of Public Safety for further comment on the shooting were unsuccessful.