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BOSSIER MAN ARRESTED FOR MURDER AFTER SYNTHETIC MARIJUANA HE SELLS TO ANOTHER MAN CAUSES HIS DEATH

Posted: Jan 31, 2018 11:57 AM
Updated: Mar 14, 2018 12:55 PM

Bossier Sheriff Julian Whittington says a Bossier City man was arrested today following a lengthy investigation and charged with murder after the synthetic marijuana he sold to another man was determined to cause the man’s death.

Treyvon Devonta Johnson, 24, of the 1700 block of Old Benton Road in Bossier City, was arrested and booked into the Bossier Maximum Security Facility Friday morning following a lengthy investigation by the Bossier Sheriff’s Office. He was charged with 2nd Degree Murder, Possession of Schedule I (Marijuana) with the Intent to Distribute, and Possession of Schedule II (Methamphetamine) with the Intent to Distribute.

Bossier detectives began their investigation in the summer last year after Brandon Balentine, 25, was found deceased at a residence on James Street in Benton on July 25, 2017. A friend at the residence admitted to detectives that he and Balentine had smoked synthetic marijuana that night. A few hours later, Balentine was unresponsive and pronounced deceased by the Bossier Parish Coroner’s Office.

A lengthy investigation ensued, and detectives discovered that Johnson had sold Balentine and his friend the synthetic marijuana. Balentine’s autopsy report stated that the cause of death was “Synthetic Cannabinoid Intoxication.”

Second degree murder is defined in the Louisiana Revised Statute 14:30.1, paragraph (3) as the killing of a human being “When the offender unlawfully distributes or dispenses a controlled dangerous substance listed in Schedules I through V of the Uniform Controlled Dangerous Substances Law, or any combination thereof, which is the direct cause of the death of the recipient who ingested or consumed the controlled dangerous substance.”

Johnson was booked into the Bossier Maximum Security Facility where he faces these and other charges; he faces a total bond of $637,600.