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from left: Walter Vernon Johnson & Aimee Jeanette Blackwelder
courtesy of Iredell Co. Sheriff's Office

False Report re Shooting Leads to Felony Drug Charges

59-year-old Walter Vernon Johnson and 42-year-old Aimee Jeanette Blackwelder, both from the same address on the Hickory Highway in Statesville, were both charged with multiple felony and misdemeanor crimes after filing a false report about a shooting at their residence. Both suspects were charged with felony counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession of a schedule II controlled substance. They were also charged with misdemeanor counts of possession of drug paraphernalia and conspiracy. Johnson was also charged with felony maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place for the sale or use of a controlled substance, along with a misdemeanor count of giving a false report to a police station. Blackwelder faces additional charges on misdemeanor counts of possession of a schedule III controlled substance and possession of a schedule IV controlled substance.

Their arrests stem from an incident on Sunday, June 5, when Deputies were called to the residence in reference to a person who had been shot. Johnson and Blackwelder told Deputies that they heard noises downstairs and went to investigate the noise when Johnson was shot in the leg. Johnson was treated and transported to a local trauma center for additional treatment.

As the investigation continued, Detectives began to question the story. When questioned, Blackwelder admitted that Johnson accidentally shot himself and that she had moved the gun. She also told Officers there were narcotics in the residence. Detectives executed a search warrant and found the gun, narcotics, and drug paraphernalia. Those items were seized.

Blackwelder was arrested and jailed under an $8,000 secured bond. Johnson was released from the hospital on Tuesday, June 21. He was locked up under a $35,000 secured bond. Both suspects will appear in District Court Monday (June 27).