Halley Joyner murder

Police: Teen, 16, shoots and kills little girl, 11; suspect may face life in prison

A 16-year-old boy allegedly shot and killed an 11-year-old girl Saturday in the North Carolina home they both lived in, reports WITN.

Justin Johnson could be facing a life sentence for the death of Hailey Joyner. Hailey just graduated from the fifth grade and was set to start middle school next month.

The investigation is ongoing and few details on the case are available, but District Attorney Scott Thomas was able to confirm that there was enough evidence against Johnson to warrant an arrest, WCTI reports.

“The defendant is charged at this time based upon evidence obtained during the course of the investigation.”

Joyner’s mother, Rebecca McNese, voluntarily placed her daughter in the home through social services while recovering from addiction. She knew the family well.

Justin Johnson is charged with one count of murder in the death of Hailey Joyner on Saturday

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McNese says she wants Johnson imprisoned for the rest of his life.

“I’ve never known him to be a bad kid, I really haven’t. I can’t say that I have… I don’t wish death upon him, I want him to pay for what he did, I want him to have to sit for the rest of his life and think about it.”

The mother had just moved back into the area and planned to see her daughter within the next few weeks. McNese said Joyner “was so happy, she knew I was here, it was only going to be a couple more weeks and she was going to be home.”

McNese said she might take legal action against child services as she was working towards getting Joyner back in January. She believes her child’s death could have been avoided.

Johnson was appointed a lawyer by a District Court judge. He will appear again in court on August 4.

The family of Hailey Joyner has set up a GoFundMe account to help with funeral expenses.

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