A Conway man was formally charged Friday with first-degree murder in connection to Randy C. Daniels' shooting death.
Online records show Brayland Dejuan Johnson, 24, of Conway has been formally charged with first-degree murder in connection to Daniels' slaying and that Kevin Lamont West II, 20, of Little Rock was charged with hindering apprehension or prosecution and tampering with physical evidence for allegedly helping to relocate Daniels' body.
Fifty-six-year-old Randy C. Daniels was found dead inside his 2007 white Cadillac CTS around 10:30 a.m. Nov. 13 outside Building B at the Salem Park Apartments in Conway.
Several family members were on scene shortly after his body was discovered on a Tuesday, adding that he had been missing since he left for work the Friday before. When police found Daniels, it became apparent he'd been shot near the right shoulder at least once and that he had been dead for "at least 48 hours," Faulkner County Coroner Jessica Thorn previously told the Log Cabin.
"[The Cadillac] was facing apartment Building B on the eastside. Daniels was slumped over on his right side onto the middle console. The vehicle keys were not in the ignition or in plain view," detective Sarah Ault said after first looking over Daniels' body. "There was a black cell phone between the driver's door and driver's seat. There was apparent coagulated blood that appeared to have [come] from the victim's mouth. There was apparent blood around his right shoulder. Daniels' body was cold and rigor mortis was present."
The victim's brother, who was also a registered owner of the vehicle Daniels' body was found in, gave authorities the OK to search the vehicle on scene. While looking through the white Cadillac, police soon found a .22 caliber shell casing that fell from around the center console.
Authorities extracted Daniels' cell phone records the day his body was recovered. After doing so, Ault said Conway police quickly learned the 56-year-old made his last phone call at 12:04 p.m. Nov. 9, which is the day his family said he went missing.
Daniels reportedly went to work at Kimberly Clark on the day in question as he typically would. However, records show he never returned to work after his lunch break on Nov. 9.
Detectives Ault and Brian Williams went to Kimberly Clark to review video surveillance, which is when Johnson was pinpointed as the key suspect, according to a newly-filed affidavit.
According to an affidavit, Johnson was seen getting into the passenger side of Daniels' vehicle around 11:49 a.m. with the alleged victim. Soon after, a red Dodge Charger pulls up and Johnson reportedly gets in it but Daniels never gets out of his Cadillac. Fourteen hours later, the same Dodge Charger is seen pulling up to Daniels' vehicle "and entered the front driver side of Daniels' vehicle."
"A few minutes later, Mr. Daniels' vehicle backed out of the parking spot and exited the parking lot. The red Doge Charger left at the same time ahead of the victim's vehicle. Both vehicles appeared to be traveling the same direction," the affidavit states, also noting the victim's vehicle erratically flashed its brake lights and blinkers before taking off around 2:15 a.m. Nov. 10, most likely because "the offender was attempting to sit on or next to the victim in the car to drive it off and was bumping the controls."
Police questioned Johnson after reviewing the footage and he allegedly admitted to the shooting, claiming "Daniels tried to touch him inappropriately and that was the reason he shot him."
Johnson told authorities he had just bought marijuana from Daniels and was waiting for West to pick him up. While he waited for West, he shot Daniels and the two who are now charged in Daniels' death later returned so Johnson could move Daniels' vehicle to the Salem Park Apartments parking lot, according to Johnson's statement to police.
According to the affidavit, authorities located the suspected murder weapon -- a .22 caliber handgun -- on Johnson's nightstand after searching his apartment. While police searched Johnson's apartment, West admitted he knew Daniels had been killed. The two suspects are currently scheduled to appear at 9 a.m. Monday in Faulkner County Circuit Court for a plea and arraignment hearing regarding the allegations against them.