On May 25, 2002, Hopethan Johnson bought a motorcycle. At some point, he left the motorcycle in a garage belonging to a man named Stacey Farmer.
On May 26, 2002, at roughly 10:30 a.m., Johnson left a certain residence in order to meet friends. He did not reach the meeting place.
Also on May 26, 2002, at roughly 11:30 a.m., a neighbor of Stacey Farmer reported to police that she had heard approximately five gunshots in the woods behind Farmer’s home. Upon investigating, police found nothing unusual, but did notice a truck registered to Frey in Farmer’s driveway.
In June 2002, police received an anonymous tip that a murder had happened near Farmer’s residence. During the ensuing investigation, police found shotgun wads in the woods behind Farmer’s house. Also found near Farmer’s home was a garbage bag containing, inter alia, Johnson’s cell phone. Police found shotgun shells in Frey’s house and car. Additionally, police located Johnson’s motorcycle hidden under a pile of items near Frey’s place of employment. Embedded in parts of the motorcycle were shotgun pellets.
Judge(s): Robert E. Colville
Jurisdiction: Pennsylvania Superior Court
|Court of Appeals Judge(s)|
|James Fitzgerald, III|