The search is over and the man suspected of killing a Greenwood woman is in the Jackson County jail.
An intense 48 hour manhunt ended just before dawn Tuesday when Andrew David Johnson did police a favor and surrendered. According to Chief Hayes Baggett of the Marianna Police Department, Johnson approached officers outside the station and said he was a wanted man. The suspect was accompanied by his mother, authorities said.
Major Donnie Branch of the Jackson County Sheriff's Office said he felt a sense of relief upon learning that Johnson, 38, was no longer on the run. "It's been a long time since Sunday morning," said Branch. "When you're out there day and night looking for him, the hours get long."
Deputies rushed to a mobile home on Fort Road in Greenwood just before 3:30 a.m. Sunday and found Krista Shante Stevenson, 25, dying from multiple stab wounds. She had just been on the phone with a 911 operator who listened as a disturbance with Johnson – Stevenson's boyfriend – escalated.
Following Johnson's surrender, police took him to the sheriff's office. Branch said the suspect was taken to jail after he invoked his right to an attorney and refused to answer questions.
Stevenson's cause of death was confirmed Monday during an autopsy by the 14th Judicial Circuit Medical Examiner, Branch said. He declined to disclose the type of weapon used in the murder.
Branch said he's glad Johnson is finally behind bars. "It puts the community at ease once we get someone in custody," he said. "It was a good thing that he turned himself in."
Johnson is being held on an open count of murder and will make his first appearance in court on Wednesday.