Accused serial killer Leslie Eugene Warren has been indicted by a High Point grand jury in the killing of Katherine Noel Johnson of High Point.
Warren, 22, of Candler will be brought to High Point from Asheville in the next week or two to appear in court, said Howard ``Buzz' Cole, a Guilford County assistant district attorney in High Point.Warren was arrested in High Point July 20, hours after police from North Carolina, South Carolina and New York held a news conference in Asheville alerting officials to be on the lookout for him.
The night of his arrest, police say, Warren confessed to killing Johnson, 21, five days earlier and leaving her body in the trunk of her car, parked in a city parking lot in downtown High Point.
Police say Warren has confessed to killing four women: Patsy Diane Vineyard, 20, of Sackets Harbor, N.Y., in April 1987; Velma Faye Gray, 42, of Travelers Rest, S.C., Aug. 27, 1989; Jayme Denise Hurley, 39, of Asheville, May 25; and Katherine Noel Johnson, 21, of High Point, July 15.
He has been charged in the deaths of all but Vineyard. New York State Police say Warren will be charged in her death after being tried on the other charges.
A Greensboro grand jury indicted Bennie Jackson III and another inmate on charges related to their short-lived escape last month from the Guilford County Detention Center. The escape - the third in 13 months - has drawn attention to security problems at the jail.
Jackson, who was convicted in July of murdering a 12-year-old girl, was captured the next day, less than a mile from the jail, along with his partner, Isaac Nathaniel Wright Jr. Wright had been in jail on a drug conviction.
It was the second escape from the same jail for Jackson. At the time, Jackson was in jail awaiting a court appearance on charges of his earlier escape.
Along with charges of conspiracy and escape, Jackson and Wright were indicted on charges of second-degree kidnapping and assault on a custodial officer - jail bailiff June Lintz - by forcibly moving her and hitting her on the head with a walkie-talkie.