Group wants man charged in death to pay for funeral

BY DI STAFF | FEBRUARY 18, 2010 7:30 AM

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The Crime Victim Compensation Program has asked that an Iowa City man charged with involuntary manslaughter pay for the funeral of the alleged victim.

Alajuwon Shamar Johnson, 26, was charged Jan. 1 in the shooting death of 20-year-old Kylie Jo Perkins. Johnson was also charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver and illegally carrying a concealed weapon.

According to police reports, both he and Perkins handled the weapon before it accidentally discharged and struck her in the upper torso, officers said.

Johnson was asked to pay roughly $7,500 for the funeral and burial.

— by Sam Lane

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