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Albany Shooting victim's Mother calls for justice for her son

ALBANY, GA (WALB) -  "My son lived a transgender life.  He was gay. But that gave him no right to take his life."

 An Albany mother says she is afraid her dead son will not receive justice.    

   24 year old LaShon Johnson was shot and killed at his home two weeks ago.


The District Attorney has charged the man who they say shot him with voluntary and involuntary manslaughter, and has announced he will let the Grand Jury decide the final charges in the case.

 LaShon Johnson's mother and father open the door on his West Gordon apartment, and go in for the first time since his death.  They buried the 24 year old hair stylist Saturday in Dawson.  

8:20:12 Carol Asberry said "Is he going to get justice, or will his life be in vain."

Asberry says LaShon was very open about his transgender life style, dressing as a woman.  Police have charged 25 year old Kuyaunnis James with voluntary and involuntary manslaughter, and pandering, in his death.  Asberry says Johnson's home shows where LaShon was hit in a hail of gunfire.

Asberry said "And he shot the TV, he shot two shots here. Shot a shot here, and two shots down in the door.  And that's when my son run out the door.  At that time he had been shot here and in his side."

Asberry admits her son had a gun, but said it was not loaded.  The District Attorney will take this case to the Grand Jury,and let them decide the charges James will face.

Dougherty District Attorney Greg Edwards said "There is nothing about the lifestyle or gender of any person that are presented in a court of last that should be a factor.  We can only strive as humans to do this as best we can."

Asberry says she thinks James should be charged with murder, and wants to make sure Johnson's lifestyle does not become a bigger factor than his death.

Asberry said "I just want some answers.  I just want him to be held accountable for killing my son. That's all."

A family in mourning still, and saying justice is all they want in their son's death.     The District Attorney says the investigation into Johnson's death is still ongoing.  The next Grand Jury meeting will be Wednesday, but the D.A. says he is not sure if the case will be ready to present then.

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