Bond set for Johnson following fatal crash
Published 2:48 pm Tuesday, June 27, 2023
On June 22, the Crenshaw County District Court held a pretrial detention hearing for Lucas M. Johnson on charges of murder. District Judge Thomas E. Sport, issued an order on June 26, charging Johnson with the criminal offense of murder, a Class A felony and an enumerated crime under Section 15-13-3, Code of Alabama 1975.
Sport set Johnson’s bond at $300,000 and set conditions Johnson must meet if he bonds out.
Johnson’s charges resulted after a two-vehicle crash on June 18 at at approximately 8:05 a.m. LaKenya B. ‘Peachez’ Anderson, 40, was killed when the 2007 Chevrolet Silverado driven by Johnson collided head-on with her 2018 Nissan Rogue.
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The crash occurred on Crenshaw County 57, approximately seven miles north of Brantley, in Crenshaw County.
Sergeant Jeremy Burkett with the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA) said Johnson was arrested and charged with reckless murder and assault first degree at approximately 12 p.m. on Tuesday June 20.
Alabama law defines reckless murder as a murder under circumstances manifesting extreme indifference to human life, [when] he/she recklessly engages in conduct which creates a grave risk of death to a person other than himself/herself, and thereby causes the death of another person.
According to court records, Johnson must adhere to these if released on bond:
- Appear to answer and to submit to all orders and process of the Court;
- Refrain from committing any criminal offense;
- Do not depart the State of Alabama without leave of the Court;
- Promptly notify the clerk of the court of any changes of address;
- Do not ingest any illegal narcotic, drug, alcohol, or other illegal substance and submit to random drug testing. Failure to report to drug testing for any reason is a violation of the order;
- Johnson shall not have contact, directly or indirectly, with the victim or the victim’s family;
- Defendant is not allowed to operate an automobile, ATV, UTV, tractor or any other motorized vehicle at any time upon the roadways for the State of Alabama;
- Defendant shall be placed under a curfew and must be at his home no later than 8:30 p.m. on weekdays and must be at home no later than 10 p.m. on weekends, (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights) unless at an event with his parents.
Anderson’s 12-year-old son, Brayden Anderson, was in the passenger seat when the crash occurred. He was injured and transported to UAB hospital in Birmingham.
Family members report he has had surgery on his left arm, left leg, and his jaw. He is bruised and faces a long road to recovery, but is currently able to walk and talk.
Arrangements for Peachez Anderson have been made for June 30 at the Moore Funeral Home in Luverne.