Bond denied for suspected get-away driver in Lake Wylie killings

A portrait of Doug and Debbie London .
A portrait of Doug and Debbie London .

One of the suspects in the killing of Doug and Debbie London was denied bond in federal court Wednesday.

Briana “Breezy B” Johnson, 19, of Concord, N.C., is charged with five federal offenses. Four carry a possible death penalty. She is one of a dozen alleged members of the Charlotte gang cell of United Blood Nation accused of planning or carrying out the October slayings of the Lake Wylie couple.

Johnson, through her court-appointed attorney, Claire Rauscher, pleaded not guilty to all charges and requested a jury trial.

Prosecutors say the Londons were gunned down in their home to keep Doug London from testifying against three reputed UBN members accused of trying to rob the couple’s mattress store in Pineville in May 2014.

Johnson is accused of driving the get-away car on the night of the killings. A federal indictment says she also took part in several UBN meetings to plan the hit. Later, the indictment says, she also conspired to murder a fellow gang member, David “Flame” Fudge, because he was suspected of cooperating with investigators.

In asking that her client be released on bond, Rauscher, the former head of the federal public defenders office in Western North Carolina, said Johnson had been a good student at Central Cabarrus High School, has no prior criminal record and has strong family support.

Johnson is the daughter of a Concord police officer.

Her mother and grandmother declined comment after the hearing.

Magistrate Judge David Keesler denied the request that she be released on bond. “I wish we were not having this conversation, but we are,” the judge told the teenage defendant.

Malcolm “Bloody Silent” Hartley, 21, the alleged shooter of the Londons, was also scheduled to be in court Wednesday. But the Charlotte man’s detention hearing has been rescheduled to June 4 at 11:50 a.m.