Woman Dies 13 Years After Being Shot; Murder Charges for Gunman?

| by Mark Berman Opposing Views

An intriguing story out of Seattle, where a woman died from injuries suffered in a shooting 13 years ago. And now the man who shot her could face murder charges. reports that in 1998 Lakessha Johnson was in the front seat of a car when a gun went off in the back seat. The bullet ripped though the seat and into Johnson's back, leaving her paralyzed.

The man in the back seat, Ronnie Brown, told police that he picked up a bag and a gun inside accidentally went off. He served two years in prison in connection with the shooting, and that was that.

But that was until last week when the 34-year-old Johnson died, her death classified as a homicide.

“A medical examiner said she died from complications related to the original shooting,” said Sgt. Cindi West of the King County’s Sheriff’s Office.

Now Brown could be charged with murder. The New York Daily News reports that prosecutors will meet with sheriff's investigators this week to decide if new charges are warranted.

If he were to be charged and convicted, Brown wouldn't have to file any change-of-address cards at the post office -- he is already in prison from a 2002 robbery conviction, says the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.