Upon further investigation, authorities reportedly concluded Johnson had been beaten to death in Louisiana before the suspects dumped the body out of state. Johnson said investigators believe the suspects chose to leave the body in Florida at random.
According to the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office, the two suspects, 36-year-old Patrick McCarty and 37-year-old Jason James, both of Lacombe, Louisiana, were arrested and charged with second-degree murder and obstruction of justice. A 17-year-old male was also reportedly arrested and booked into the Florida Parishes Juvenile Detention Center on the same two charges. Authorities did not disclose the juvenile suspect's name.
Johnson said one of the suspects, James, is the brother of the victim, and McCarty is a friend of the brother.