12-29-2015, 01:12 PM #1Registered User
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PA - Charles Johnson, 28, Dunbar Township, 30 July 1981
1981 Homicide+ Arrest :: Fayette County - 30 Jul 1981
David Eugene Lint :: White / Male / 61 Years Old
Charles Edward Johnson :: M / 28
Dunbar Township, Fayette County is in South-Western, PA.
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12-29-2015, 03:02 PM #2Registered User
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Another not to bright criminal. That thought the long arm of the law would never catch up with him.
04-28-2016, 03:17 AM #3
A Uniontown man charged charged with criminal homicide in a 1981 case was held for court Wednesday...
Lint allegedly bragged about killing him to several people, including his own family. After Basinger died, Lint allegedly celebrated, saying, “I just got away with murder. The last witness died.”
08-09-2016, 12:40 AM #4Registered User
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Uniontown man pleads, is sentenced in 35-year-old homicide cold case
The man charged with third-degree homicide in a cold case murder from the 1980s pleaded no contest to the charges and was sentenced on Monday.
Fayette County District Attorney Rich Bower said that David Eugene Lint, 61, of Uniontown pleaded no contest to charges of criminal homicide, abuse of a corpse and tampering with physical evidence.
Bower said Lint agreed to a plea bargain and was sentenced immediately after by Senior Judge Gerald Solomon to serve 7 ˝ to 15 years in prison. That time will run run concurrently with time that he’s already serving in an unrelated case.
In December, Lint was charged in the 1981 death of carnival worker Charles “Mississippi” Johnson.
Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
• Missing Since: July 1981 from Fayette County, Pennsylvania
• Classification: Endangered Missing
• Date of Birth: December 1952
• Age: 28 years old
• Height and Weight: 5'9 - 6'0, 170 - 200 pounds
• Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian male. Brown hair, brown eyes. Johnson's nickname is Mississippi.
Details of Disappearance
Johnson was last seen in Fayette County, Pennsylvania sometime in July 1981. He was a carnival worker from Florida who arrived in Pennsylvania with the rest of the carnival that summer, and lived in a trailer in the village of Adelaide. When the carnival moved on, people assumed Johnson left with them. Because he didn't have strong roots or family ties in the area, it was some time before police realized he was missing.
In January 1982, an acquaintance of Johnson's went to the police and said Johnson had been murdered in a mobile home in the village of Adelaide in Dunbar Township, Pennsylvania. Authorities went to the alleged crime scene, collected evidence, interviewed people and identified a person of interest, David Eugene Lint. He lived next to door to Johnson's trailer with his then-wife, Linda Diane Basinger Lint. Her sister, Carol Basinger, was Johnson's wife. All four of them worked together at the Fayette County Fair. David allegedly told others he had murdered Johnson because Johnson physically abused Carol. He said he shot him in the head with a .30-30 rifle, burned the body and buried the remains near the trailer.
Police went to the location where Johnson's body was supposedly buried and excavated the area with a backhoe, but didn't find anything. No charges were filed against anyone at the time. In February 1982, the police found a .30-30 rifle in Connellsville, Pennsylvania, at the residence of one of Carol's relatives. Carol's brother, Richard Basinger, said he used the rifle for hunting but had left it at his sister's trailer. Police recovered a slug from a pole outside Carol's trailer, and were able to match it to the rifle.
David was charged with Johnson's murder in December 2015. A photo of him is posted below this case summary. He had reportedly bragged about the homicide to various individuals many times over the years. Linda told police her husband had threatened her, saying he would kill her just like he had killed Johnson. Another of David's former wives, Vicki Lint, said she asked him if it was true he had shot Johnson. He told her he had, and threatened her with physical violence if she ever asked him about it again. When Carol died in 2003, David allegedly stated he "just got away with murder" because "the last witness died." In October 2012, David was arrested on unrelated charges. As he was being escorted to a police car, he offered to tell "the whole story concerning Mississippi" to the arresting officer if he was given two packs of cigarettes. The officer asked him for details and David said, "You already know where the whole story." He offered to show the officer where he'd buried Johnson's body, "if he is still there."
Johnson had once worked as a chauffeur in Florida and also spent time in Ohio before traveling to Pennsylvania. Foul play is suspected in his case due to the circumstances involved. Authorities believe his remains were buried in an old mine shaft.
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