New Details Emerge in Domino's Shooting

By: Lindsey Yates Email
By: Lindsey Yates Email

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) -- John Paul Shobe, 20, is accused of killing Harold Dean Johnson, 51, on Monday, August 26 at a Bowling Green Domino's.

More details emerged about what happened the night Johnson was killed during a preliminary court hearing on Friday.

Shobe sat silent and without expression as a detective took the stand, revealing what happened in the early morning hours when the Domino's on Stonehenge Avenue in Bowling Green was robbed, and Johnson was murdered.

"Anytime in a preliminary hearing we'll put on evidence to show obviously that there is probable cause that the crime exists. That evidence was put on in Warren District Court today," says Chris Cohron, Warren Co. Commonwealth Attorney.

According to testimony Johnson's girlfriend, also a Domino's employee, was on the phone with him as the robbery happened.

Johnson who lives close to the pizza place, hung up the phone and took off running, his son Dean Jr. following close behind him.

Once at Domino's, Dean Jr. went to the front door while Johnson went to the back.

"Shortly thereafter Johnson Jr. stated he heard his father yell his name. He yelled Dean, and looked towards him and that's when he heard a bang. Then he saw his father drop to the ground," says a Bowling Green Detective who took the stand.

According to autopsy results, Johnson died from a single gunshot wound to the back of the head.

Nearly an hour after the robbery, a BGPD officer chased Shobe during a foot pursuit in which a neighborhood resident helped catch Shobe.

Shobe was arrested for fleeing and evading police, while also providing a fake name and social security number.

After obtaining a search warrant, police say they found money and a revolver with one round missing.

"Several pieces of evidence linking Mr. Shobe to the robbery were located," says the detective.

After cross examination probable cause was found, but what lies ahead for Shobe?

"We anticipate the charges that will be presented to the Warren County Grand Jury will be Murder and Robbery in the first degree. There's a potential in this becoming a capital case which means the death penalty will be a consideration in this case," says Cohron.

Shobe is currently being held on a $1 million dollar cash bond, and will appear before a Grand Jury in the next 60 days.

Shobe had several family members in court on Friday.

His sister says she feels sorry for the victim's family, while his mother maintains his innocence, saying he is a good kid and could never commit murder.

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