Cordell Carter
Cordell Carter

Update: Fri., Sept. 19 5:20 a.m.

An Amherst County jury recommends 53 years in prison for a 50-year-old Lynchburg man, after finding him guilty of killing the mother of his son. The jury convicted Cordell Carter on Thursday of first-degree murder in the January shooting death of 30-year-old Jennifer Johnson in her home. Sentencing is set for November.


Original story: Thurs., Sept. 18 1:45 p.m.

A Lynchburg man is now on trial for allegedly killing his child’s mother at her Amherst County home last January. Cordell Carter, 50, pleaded not guilty on Wednesday in the shooting death of 30-year-old Jennifer Johnson. Carter faces a first-degree murder charge. The prosecution suggested that the victim may have been holding sex tapes of Carter as blackmail. The News & Advance reports that may have been what prompted an argument between the two that led to the murder.