Suspect in Farmville murder now in custody, caught by deputies

Published 12:11 am Wednesday, May 1, 2024

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Maceo Andre Johnson is in custody. The 34-year-old Farmville murder suspect was arrested without incident Tuesday afternoon, after a search that ran for three days and involved multiple state and local law enforcement agencies. 

“Maceo Johnson was arrested without incident today at approximately 2:45 p.m. by members of the Prince Edward County Sheriff’s Office and a member of the ATF in the Pamplin area,” said Prince Edward County Sheriff Tony Epps. 

Johnson is considered a suspect in the shooting death of Jermaine Haskins, a 34-year-old Farmville resident who was shot and killed on Saturday, April 27. Deputies were called out after a report of shots fired on Fairgrounds Road came in, finding Haskins dead at a home in the 1000 block. Soon after, Johnson was identified as a suspect in the case and the K-9 units were deployed, with support also provided by the Virginia State Police Aviation unit, attempting to determine where Johnson went after allegedly fleeing the scene. The Virginia State Police, Farmville Police Department, ATF, Halifax County Sheriff’s Office, Department of Wildlife Resources, Virginia State Park Police, and the Prince Edward Volunteer Rescue Squad were all involved in the search at some point. 

Epps said Johnson was booked Tuesday afternoon and brought before a magistrate. He’ll be held at Piedmont Regional Jail without bond while awaiting arraignment. 

Farmville murder suspect’s record

A look at Johnson’s record shows a series of arrests and convictions dating back almost 20 years in Richmond and Prince Edward County. In 2008, he was convicted of robbery in Richmond, with 18 of his 20-year sentence suspended. He took a plea deal in 2015 that saw charges of possession with intent to sell and distribute marijuana dropped. Since then, court records show a number of cases involving alleged probation violations, the latest of which had been scheduled for a hearing in Richmond City Circuit Court on Friday, April 26. Johnson no-showed that hearing, after which a capias was issued, ordering his arrest. 

Even with Johnson in jail, anyone with any information about the shooting is asked to call the Prince Edward County Sheriff’s Office at 434-392-8101 or Crimesolvers at 434-392-3400. You can provide information anonymously.