published Wednesday, July 13th, 2011

Dalton teen pleads not guilty to murder charges

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A Dalton, Ga., teen charged with strangling his grandmother to death last October pled not guilty at his arraignment this morning.

Joshua Johnson, 16, was charged with felony murder on Oct. 1, after his grandmother, Lorraine Frazier, was found strangled to death on the bathroom floor.

Sheriff’s deputies contend the teen strangled Frazier with a cord, but his family has argued that he came home from school and found her body on the floor.

In Whitfield County Superior Court, Johnson pled not guilty to the charge. His trial was set for the November calendar.

Read tomorrow’s Times Free Press for complete details.

about Joy Lukachick Smith...

Joy Lukachick is the city government reporter for the Chattanooga Times Free Press Since 2009, she's covered breaking news, high-profile trials, stories of lost lives and of regained hope and done investigative work. Raised near the Bayou, Joy’s hometown is along the outskirts of Baton Rouge, La. She has a bachelor’s degree in mass communication from Louisiana State University. While at LSU, Joy was a staff writer for the Daily Reveille. When Joy isn't chasing ...

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