MARION COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - Two more suspects are behind bars and new details have emerged in the Marion County investigation into the murder of Pamela Suzette Johnson.
Edward Shane Nichols, 37, has been charged with murder, and his bond was set at $1 million during his initial appearance Wednesday morning.
Shirley Brading, 42, has been charged with accessory after the fact of murder, her bond was set at $20,000 during her initial appearance Wednesday morning.
Brading and Nichols both fled the state once they learned authorities were in search of them, and they were apprehended in Louisiana.
Richard Raynes, 50, was previously charged with murder, but his charge was downgraded to accessory after the fact of murder, and had his $1 million bond reduced to $20,000.
Johnson was reported missing to Marion County authorities on Dec. 29th, 2015.
"The last known contact she had with anyone was Dec. 20th, and it was believed to be in Jeff Davis County, so we got in touch with Jeff Davis authorities and the investigation progressed from there," said Marion County Investigator Jamie Singley.
Johnson's body was found badly decomposed in a wooded area of Highway 13 North on January 7th, 2016.
"The state medical examiners office wasn't able to give us the exact cause, but we determined she was shot with a shotgun," said Singley.
According to Singley, she was identified by tattoos and markings on her body.
Based on the course of the investigation we were now able to determine the roll of Richard, and that's why is charges were downgraded," said Singley.
According to Singley, a crime scene was discovered at Nichols home in the New Hope Community of Marion County, and after obtaining a search warrant investigators discovered evidence related to the murder.
"We did recover a weapon we believe was involved in the crime, and we found it after serving a search warrant at Richard's home in Jeff Davis County," said Singley.
Investigators said there is a motive, but they have been unable to piece it together at this time.
Singley added that the plot of land where Johnson was found held no significance to the individuals involved, it was just a location between Richard and Nichols home.
"We do believe this is all the people that were involved in this case, it was a group effort from multiple agencies and all working together is how we were able to tie the case up," said Singley.