Duo charged with murder after man found dead inside vehicle in Gastonia

Updated: Jun. 1, 2021 at 11:10 AM EDT
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GASTON COUNTY, N.C. (WBTV) - Two men were arrested after another man was found dead inside a vehicle in Gastonia on Monday.

The investigation began when the body of 37-year-old Alan Dale Johnson was found inside a vehicle that was parked in an empty lot on Ozark Avenue, north of I-85 near N. Pear Street. Investigators say Johnson had been shot.

On Tuesday, police said they had arrested 51-year-old Lewis Christopher Detter and 39-year-old Joshua Cabe Wiley, both from Lincolnton, in connection with the case. Both men are charged with first-degree murder in Johnson’s death.

Police have not released a possible motive for the shooting or said what evidence led to Detter and Wiley being named as suspects.

No further information about the case has been made public.

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