Murder Suspect Moved To Gila County


The Payson man charged with second-degree homicide in the death of Mitchell Allen Gingry, 36, has been moved from Maricopa County to the Gila County Jail in Globe.

Charles Homer Johnson, 54, Payson, was arrested May 20 in Maricopa County. He is now being detained in Globe in lieu of a $1 million bond, Lt. Don Engler of the Payson Police Department said.

Johnson is scheduled to be arraigned Monday, Engler said, and the case will go to the grand jury Wednesday.

Gingry's body was found at milepost 209 of the Beeline Highway in the early morning hours of May 19. He died of a stab wound, Engler said.

The investigation by the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office led to Payson. Officers from Payson and Maricopa County went to Gingry's residence in the 700 block of West Colt Drive. It was determined the murder had occurred at that site.

A search ensued for Gingry's roommate Laura Lee Hansen, 54. She was missing under suspicious circumstances.

Later, law enforcement officers included Johnson and a white, four-door, 1985 Cadillac in the search.

The investigation led to a residence in Phoenix where both Johnson and Hansen were found.

Johnson was taken into custody and later extradited to Gila County.

Hansen had been beaten, but did not require hospitalization. Engler said the police and county attorney were still discussing whether to charge Johnson in relation to Hansen's injuries.

Gingry had resided in Payson since 1981 and was employed by Foxworth Galbraith.

Hansen has been a resident here since 1986.

Gingry was Hansen's tenant, a friend of the victim said. Johnson had also lived with Hansen briefly, Engler said.

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