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UPDATE: Judge Wants Man Convicted In Shooting Death Banned from Cabell County

By: WSAZ News Staff; Andrew Colegrove Email
By: WSAZ News Staff; Andrew Colegrove Email

UPDATE 9/28/11 @ 11 p.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Judge Paul Farrell sent a message with his sentencing of Edward Crawford Wednesday.

That message is, we don’t want you here.

On top of sentencing Crawford to the maximum sentence of 6 years for his crimes, Farrell says he's going to recommend to the parole board that Crawford be banned from Cabell County.

Assistant Prosecutor Sean Hammers says it's a rare form of punishment, but parole boards do have the authority to restrict where convicted felons are allowed to go.

Hammers says it's something he'd like to see turn into a trend.

"I take pride that our judges are going to bat for us, as citizens, and saying listen, you people are from Detroit and are committing violent crimes in our community,” Hammers said. “If you ever get out on parole, you're not to come back into our towns."

Crawford was found guilty of manslaughter in the shooting death of Toney Johnson in 2009 and wanton endangerment against Jeremiah Johnson, Toney's brother.

The ban from Cabell County would be lifted once Crawford completes his parole sentence.

The parole board will decide whether or not to accept Farrell’s recommendation and enforce the ban at Crawford’s first parole hearing.

Crawford was also fined a thousand dollars for involuntary manslaughter and two thousand for wanton endangerment.



UPDATE 9/28/11 @ 2:10 p.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A judge has told a Huntington man that he wants him banned from Cabell County once he gets out of prison.

Last month, a jury in Cabell County convicted Crawford of involuntary manslaughter for the shooting death of Toney Johnson, 26, of Huntington.

The shooting happened near the corner of 28th Street and Roby Road in September 2009.

Crawford was originally charged with murder.

During the trial, Crawford admitted to shooting Johnson, but said he didn't intend to kill him.

The jury also found Crawford guilty of a count of wanton endangerment.

Wednesday afternoon Judge Paul Farrell sentenced Crawford to one year with time served on the involuntary conviction, and 5 years on the wanton endangerment conviction.

Ferrell is also recommending that Crawford serve the maximum time before he is eligible for parole, and that he be banned from serving that parole in Cabell County.

Crawford was also ordered to pay several thousand dollars in fines.



UPDATE 8/19/11 @ 4:03 p.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A jury has found Edward Crawford guilty, but not on the original charge.

The jury convicted Crawford on a count of involuntary manslaughter for the shooting death of Toney Johnson, 26, of Huntington.

The shooting happened near the corner of 28th Street and Roby Road in September 2009.

Crawford was originally charged with murder.

The jury also found Crawford guilty of a count of wanton endangerment.

The jury got the case at 11:10 a.m. Friday following closing statements.

Testimony wrapped up Thursday afternoon with Edward Crawford taking the stand in his own defense.

During his testimony, Crawford admitted to shooting Johnson, but said he didn't intend to kill him.

Crawford will be sentenced Sept. 28. He faces three to six years in prison.

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UPDATE 8/19//11 @ 11:15 a.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A jury has begun deliberations in a Huntington murder trial.

Edward Crawford is charged with the shooting death of Toney Johnson, 26, of Huntington.

The jury got the case at 11:10 Friday morning following closing statements.

The shooting happened near the corner of 28th Street and Roby Road in September 2009.

Testimony wrapped up Thursday afternoon with Edward Crawford taking the stand in his own defense.

During his testimony, Crawford admitted to shooting Johnson, but said he didn't intend to kill him.

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UPDATE 8/18/11 @3:44 p.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Testimony is over in a Huntington murder trial.

Testimony wrapped up Thursday afternoon with Edward Crawford taking the stand in his own defense.

While on the stand, the prosecution questioned many parts of Crawford's testimony that they say didn't match his original statement. Crawford said at the time he made the statement, "someone just lost their life and I couldn't think straight."

Crawford is charged with the shooting death of Toney Johnson, 26, of Huntington.

During his testimony, Crawford admitted to shooting Johnson, but said he didn't intend to kill him.

The shooting happened near the corner of 28th Street and Roby Road in September 2009.

Crawford was arrested around a block from the shooting scene. Johnson died at Huntington hospital a short time after the shooting.

Court recessed for the day following Crawford’s testimony.

Jurors are to return at 9 a.m. Friday morning for closing statements.

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UPDATE 8/17/11 @ 10:21 a.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Testimony began Wednesday morning for a man from Huntington charged with murder.

Edward Crawford is charged with the shooting death of Toney Johnson, 26, of Huntington.

The shooting happened near the corner of 28th Street and Roby Road in September 2009.

Crawford was arrested about a block from the shooting scene. Johnson died at Huntington hospital a short time after the shooting.

During opening arguments Wednesday morning, prosecutors said that Crawford had a plan, and that plan was to shoot and kill Toney Johnson, "he had a gun and he was going to use it".

Crawford's defense said that Edward Crawford was attacked by Toney Johnson and his brother, Jermaine and that he acted in self defense.

Prosecutors called Jermaine Johnson as their first witness following opening arguments.

Johnson testified that Crawford pulled up in a car and had a stare off with him and his brother Toney who were in another car. He said an argument began and that Crawford pulled a gun and shot Toney.

The trial is taking place in Cabell County Circuit Court

Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for the latest information on the trial.



UPDATE 8/16/11 @ 2:45 p.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Opening arguments in a Huntington murder trial will not take place until Wednesday morning, at the earliest.

Jury selection got underway in Edward Crawford’s murder trial Tuesday morning.

Crawford is charged with the shooting death of Toney Johnson back in September 2009. The shooting happened near the corner of 28th Street and Roby Road in Huntington.

The trial is taking place in Cabell County Circuit Court.

Jury selection was completed late Tuesday morning. Following the lunch break, Judge Paul Farrell announced that due to circumstances he was recessing court until 9 a.m. Wednesday.

Following the announcement there was a closed door meeting between prosecutors and the victim’s family. No other details were released.

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UPDATE 8/16/11 @ 10 a.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Jury selection is underway for a man from Huntington charged with murder.

Edward Crawford is charged with the shooting death of Toney Johnson back in September 2009. The shooting happened near the corner of 28th Street and Roby Road in Huntington.

Crawford’s trial is taking place in Cabell County Circuit Court.

Attorneys are currently questioning 28 individuals as they seek to seat a jury of 12. The trial is expected to last through Thursday or Friday.

Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for the latest information on the trial.



UPDATE 2/22/11
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A Huntington man charged with murder is staying in jail.

Edward Crawford is charged with the shooting death of Toney Johnson back in September 2009. The shooting happened near the corner of 28th Street and Roby Road in Huntington.

Crawford has been on home confinement while awaiting trial on charges of murder, possessing a controlled substance with intent to deliver and wanton endangerment.

During a hearing in Cabell County Circuit Court on Tuesday, Judge Paul Farrell ordered that Crawford stay in jail. The ruling was the result of a home conferment violation back in January that returned him to jail. It was the third such violation in the past six months.

Crawford’s trial could start in July, according to his attorney.



UPDATE 10/14/09
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- WSAZ.com has confirmed that murder suspect Edward "EB" Crawford filed a permit for a conceal and carry license in Cabell County two weeks prior to the September 30th shooting death of Toney Johnson.

Sources in the Cabell County Courthouse spoke to WSAZ.com on condition of anonymity.

Crawford was not a convicted felon.

He was charged with Possession with the Intent to deliver back in 2008. He is accused of trying to swallow a baggie of cocaine.
Later in 2008 the intent to deliver charge was dismissed and Crawford pleaded guilty to a possession charge, which is a misdemeanor.

In the state of West Virginia it is legal to carry a weapon, without a conceal and carry permit, as long as it is not concealed in anyway.



UPDATE 10/13/09
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Huntington's latest murder case will be going before the grand jury.

Tuesday four witnesses testified regarding what happened leading up to, during and after the September 30th shooting death of Toney Johnson.

Edward "EB" Crawford is accused of shooting and killing Johnson after an ongoing dispute between Crawford and Johnson's brother Jermaine Johnson.

According to Jermaine's testimony during Crawford's preliminary hearing, Jermaine and Crawford have been having problems for some time. According to Jermaine, the two had been in a fist fight prior to the September 30th shooting.

Jermaine also claims Crawford "blocked" his car when as he was trying to turn off 28th Street onto Roby Road that's when the two allegedly shared words.

Toney, the victim, stepped out of the car as did Crawford. Jermaine also testified he saw Crawford fire one shot at his brother.

Toney Johnson was pronounced dead a short time later at St. Mary's Hospital.

The other witnesses that testified Tuesday were members of the Huntington Police Department.

One of the officers testified Crawford was screaming: "I was defending myself, I was defending myself..." while being arrested.

At this point, police and witnesses are saying only one shot was fired.

Police testified Johnson had a single gun shot wound that entered his shoulder and exited from his lower back.

According to Huntington Police one weapon was found in Crawford's waistband.

Crawford's fiancé tells WSAZ.com that he was preparing to become a security guard and was in the process of getting his conceal and carry permit. That permit had not been cleared yet, and WSAZ.com has not been able to confirm that with law enforcement.



UPDATE 9/30/09
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Murder suspect Edward Crawford said he pulled the trigger in self-defense Wednesday afternoon.

The 22-year-old Huntington resident is charged with the shooting death of Toney H. Johnson, 26, also of Huntington.

Crawford admitted in Magistrate Court that he shot Johnson, but said it was entirely in self-defense.

"I only let one shot go," he said. "We were scared for our lives. I just tried to stop him."

Witness Tamara Dillon explained what happened shortly after she heard gunfire.

"He was holding his stomach and saying, 'Help me, help me," she said of Johnson.

Crawford and his girlfriend were arrested near the scene of the shooting at the Fruth Pharmacy parking lot along U.S. 60. Pharmacy employee Gary White saw the arrest unfold before his eyes.

"I walked to my car," he said. "Cops came here, (they) got them here and took cover quickly."

Crawford's fiancee was questioned and released, but he faces first-degree murder charges. The judge did not set bond. Crawford's preliminary hearing is scheduled at 10:30 a.m. Oct. 9 in Cabell County Magistrate Court.



UPDATE 9/30/09 @ 6:30 p.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A 22-year-old Huntington man has been arrested in connection with the fatal shooting of another Huntington man -- also in his 20s.

Edward Crawford, 22, who lives in the 900 block of West 5th Street, has been charged with first-degree murder, according to Huntington Police. The victim is identified as Toney H. Johnson, 26, also of Huntington.

Crawford became emotional when he appeared Wednesday evening in Cabell County Magistrate Court, especially when the judge told him he could spend his life in prison if convicted of the crime.

Crawford told WSAZ.com's Dave Benton that he acted in self-defense when a man rushed toward him at the intersection of Roby Road and 28th Street. Crawford said he did not know the man, who he said was shouting at him .

According to a Huntington Police Department news release, witnesses reported there was a dispute between the occupants of two vehicles. A person from one of the vehicles fired a handgun at an occupant of the other vehicle.

The victim ran from the scene and later was taken to St. Mary's Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

The other involved people fled the scene and were located at 2:24 p.m. on the parking lot of Value City Furniture at Route 60 and Roby Road -- just a short distance away from the shooting.

Police detained the car's occupants and recovered a handgun.

Crawford's preliminary hearing, meanwhile, is scheduled Oct. 9.



ORIGINAL STORY 9/30/09
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Huntington Police are on the scene of a fatal shooting near the intersection of 28th Street and Roby Road.

It happened at about 2:13 p.m. Wednesday.

A witness tells WSAZ.com that the she heard gunshots and then looked over and saw the victim getting out of a car and run into the parking lot of the Odd Fellows Lodge, where he collapsed.

The witness says the victim then yelled out, "I've been shot, I've been shot."

A man was with the victim, according the witness. That person is reported to be the victim's brother.

Huntington Police say the victim died at the hospital.

Our crew at the scene reports that a man and woman are in custody about a block from the shooting scene in the parking lot of the Value City.

No other information is being released at this time, but Huntington Police are expected to hold a news conference shortly.

Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for updated information.


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