Man sentenced to life in prison for 2012 Fairfield Co. murder

cwinston@thestate.comApril 24, 2014 

— A 36-year-old man was sentenced to life in prison after a Fairfield County jury this week found him guilty of murder.

Derekee Montell Johnson was found guilty Monday of a 2012 Winnsboro murder, according to Assistant Solicitor Riley Maxwell. He was sentenced to life in prison without parole by Judge Knox McMahon. He was also found guilty of two related weapons charges.

On May 18, 2012, Johnson shot and killed Bobby “Clyde” McCloud near the intersection of Spring and Johnson streets, according to a press release from Maxwell. McCloud was shot four times and pronounced dead at the scene. Johnson was arrested in Blythewood the following day.

Johnson and his attorney, Geoff Dunn, filed a motion for immunity under South Carolina’s Stand Your Ground defense but it was denied by McMahon. The trial took three days.

The case was investigated by the Winnsboro Department of Public Safety.

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