GASTONIA, N.C. -- Six months after her body was found in a burning Gaston County home, Lucy Johnson's fiance has been charged with her killing.
The fiance, 39-year-old Michael Mead of 825 Savile Lane, Fort Mill, was arrested Friday and charged with murder, first-degree arson and first-degree burglary. Police haven't given a motive in the killing or said what led to the fatal shooting and fire on July 16.
Johnson's body was found inside the home in the Country Meadows subdivision in Gastonia after neighbors reported a fire at the house. The medical examiner later learned that she had been shot in the head. Johnson was nearly four months pregnant when she died. Her children -- a 6-month-old boy and a 7-year-old girl at the time -- were not home during the shooting.
In the months after the murder, police spoke with other men who had been romantically involved with Johnson, including an ex-boyfriend and an ex-husband, but those leads weren't fruitful.
Johnson, 31, had lived in the Country Meadows subdivision just east of Gastonia for three or four years, Teresa Colvard, who lived next door, told the Observer shortly after the killing. When Johnson moved in, she walked right over and made friends, Colvard said.
Colvard said she spoke to Johnson just before the shooting, and she had good news: She was engaged to the man whose child she was carrying, and she was wearing a new diamond ring.
"She was very happy over her engagement," Colvard said.