Second suspect arrested, charged in Crystal Johnson murder

bburger@bradenton.comJuly 24, 2009 

MANATEE — Detectives have arrested another man they say is connected to the murder of a young pregnant woman.

Gregory Kennon, 21, was arrested at his residence Friday in the 700 block of 26th Avenue East in Bradenton, according to the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office.

Kennon was arrested after evidence connected him to the crime scene, Sheriff Brad Steube said in a statement.

Kennon, who was already under community supervision, faces charges of two counts of murder and one count of armed burglary to a dwelling.

Crystal Johnson, 19, was seven months pregnant when she was shot and killed in a home invasion robbery July 12.

Johnson was in the DeSoto Village Apartment complex, 3810 Fifth Street E., with her boyfriend and her mother when three gunmen entered the apartment, according to authorities.

Doctors were able to deliver the baby, Lariah Faith Funsch, who lived for eight hours before dying from maternal shock and premature birth, according to an arrest warrant.

Kennon was convicted of two counts of grand theft May 2007.

In the double homicide, Everrick Houston, 28, was arrested July 17 after he was taken to Manatee Memorial Hospital with a gunshot wound to the chest.

Johnson’s boyfriend and father of their unborn child, Lawrence Funsch, fired back with a .38 Smith and Wesson revolver at the intruders, striking Houston.

Investigators found two blood drops on the sidewalk just outside the apartment and on a metal rail near a gate, according to an arrest warrant.

A resident told detectives three masked men were running south of the apartment complex.

Houston was found several blocks away at 2700 First Street East. Two men, who told detectives they found Houston on the side of the road, drove him to the hospital.

The case remains under investigation. Anyone with any information can contact sheriff’s office Detective Jeff Bliss at 747-3011, ext. 2159 or remain anonymous by calling Crimestoppers at (866) 634-TIPS (8477).

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