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Murder suspect is victim’s uncle

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The man accused of murder in Sunday’s shooting in Gordonsville is the victim’s uncle, but Orange County officials were releasing few additional details on Monday.

Deputies continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding the shooting that left 40-year-old Clyde Johnson III dead of multiple gunshot wounds.

Johnson and his uncle, 63-year-old John Louis Johnson, both lived along Carter Winkey Road in Gordonsville, said Maj. Michael LaCasse of the Orange County Sheriff’s Office.

The victim was found inside his truck at about 3:30 p.m. on Sunday. Attempts by deputies and emergency medical services workers to revive him were unsuccessful.

The shooting appears to have been motivated by a property dispute and took place in a wooded area on the land in question, which is where the truck was found. LaCasse said. He described the site as rural property on the side of a mountain.

Carter Winkey Road is a dirt road with multiple houses along it, LaCasse said.

John Johnson faces charges of first-degree murder and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony.

Johnson has been held without bond at the Central Virginia Regional Jail in Orange since Sunday. He is scheduled to appear in General District Court at 9 a.m. Wednesday.

Court records show Catherine B. Lea of Orange as his attorney. She could not be reached for comment on Monday.

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