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Suspect charged with murder and bond set at $1 million

Josh Johnson, the New Blaine man being held in the Logan Detention Center in Paris in connection with the Wednesday shooting death of his ex-wife, Lora Karras, 30, of Scranton, was formally charged with first degree murder Friday by the 15th Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney’s office.

In a hearing that took place at the jail shortly before noon, Johnson’s bond was set at $1 million by 15th Judicial District Circuit Judge Jerry Don Ramey of Dardanelle.

Johnson, 38, is accused of killing his ex-wife with a 12-gauge shotgun while she was in the garage of her home on Rodeo Arena Road near Scranton. The 911 call reporting the shooting was made by Karras’ 15-year-old daughter. She and two siblings were inside the home at the time of the incident, according to a Logan County Sheriff’s Department investigator. Johnson surrendered without incident when deputies arrived at the scene. The children were not harmed and are now with relatives, according to authorities.

Johnson was present at the bond hearing. First degree murder is a Class Y felony punishable by 10 to 40 years in prison or life. A plea and arraignment hearing has been set for 9:30 a.m. on Friday, April 11 at the Logan County Courthouse in Paris.

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