09-04-2006, 07:08 PM #1Former Member
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SC - Carlaus Johnson, 53, & Latora Bolton, 29, shot to death, Columbia, 3 Sept 2006
COLUMBIA, S.C. — Two fast-food workers were found shot to death after their restaurant failed to open on time, and a fellow employee was arrested Monday and charged with murder and armed robbery.
Authorities said they believe John Henry Portee Jr., 27, intended to rob the Wendy's restaurant, said Richland County Sheriff's spokesman Lt. Chris Cowan.
Portee was arrested around 2 a.m. Monday, almost a day after the two women were shot to death while preparing to open the restaurant at Columbia Place Mall, Cowan said.
The restaurant's manager found the bodies of Carlaus Eugenia Johnson, 53, and Latora Michelle Bolton, 29, in a back room of the restaurant later Sunday, authorities said.
Interviews with other restaurant employees led to the arrest of Portee, who had also been scheduled to work Sunday, Cowan said. Ballistics experts were able to match shell casings and bullets at the scene to a gun found with Portee when he was arrested.
09-18-2015, 03:37 PM #2
From January 2009:
Guilty on all counts, was the verdict reached by the jury in the trial of John Henry Portee, Jr. Thursday. He was accused of murdering two of his co-workers at a fast food restaurant in 2006...
Prosecutors said Portee had been driven to the restaurant with his girlfriend, leaving her to wait outside. They say Portee then carried out a threat made a few days earlier during an argument with Bolton after she told him to work at the store's drive-through...
Judge Ernest Kinard... sentenced Portee to life in prison.
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