Search Warrant Reveals New Details In Clayton Homicide

CLAYTON – A search warrant has revealed new details about a teenager killed June 28, 2021 on Vinson Road near Clayton. Tebria Janee Frazier, 18, was thrown from the hood of a vehicle onto the pavement where she died. Her boyfriend, who is also the father of their 8 month-old child, James Lewis Johnson III, of Flamingo Drive, Clayton was arrested two days later when he surrendered to detectives at the Johnston County Sheriff’s Office.

Johnson is charged with second degree murder without regard and felony hit and run causing serious injury or death.

Tebria Janee Frazier

According to the search warrant affidavit, on June 28th law enforcement officers responded to the 300 block of Vinson Road for a motor vehicle accident. Ms. Frazier was found dead in the roadway.

During an interview with her father, Brian Frazier, authorities learned Tebria was at her family’s residence on Nevada Court with Johnson. Mr. Frazier said a verbal argument started between his daughter and Johnson and Johnson got into a white SUV to leave. Tebria climbed onto the hood and windshield area and refused to get off. According to the affidavit, Johnson drove away from the residence and out of sight of Mr. Frazier.

Detectives spoke with relatives of James Lewis Johnson III who confirmed he was operating a white 2017 Chevy Equinox in recent days. A warrant was obtained for his arrest on June 28th.

On June 29th, sheriff’s investigators obtained a court order for OnStar GPS data on the 2017 Chevy Equinox. With the information, Johnston County sheriff’s detectives tracked the vehicle to Greensboro where Greensboro Police located the vehicle on S. English Street later that same day.

A search warrant was obtained for the SUV, which was seized and transported to Smithfield for processing.

Detectives consulted with the Johnston County District Attorney’s Office before obtaining the second degree murder and hit and run warrants.

Johnson, at last report, was being held in the Johnston County Jail on a $500,000 secured bond.