MCSO identifies victim and suspect in Irvington homicide investigation

Mobile County

UPDATE: (03/05/2020 12:07 p.m.) — The Mobile County Sheriff’s Office says a bat was found on the scene were Latasha Johnson was found dead and beaten in the head.

MCSO says deputies have responded to the home on One Mile Road three times in 2019.

UPDATE: (03/05/2020 11:52 a.m.) — The Mobile County Sheriffs Office says Christopher Wayne Kern is in custody charged with the murder of Latasha Nichole Johnson.

Christopher Wayne Kern

Deputies responded to One Mile Road Thursday around 5:45 am to find Johnson’s body in a bed suffering from what they say is massive blunt force trauma to the head. Kern was still at the home when deputies arrived and was taken into custody.

Court records show Kern was out on bond in a 2018 assault case in which he allegedly stabbed another man.

After his arrest on Thursday, a motion was filed to revoke Kern’s bond in the assault case.

MCSO sent the following press release:

Today, March 5, 2020, at approximately 5:45 am, Mobile County Sheriff’s Office responded to a homicide at 7910 One Mile Road.  MCSO deputies arrived and found the victim, LATASHA NICHOLE JOHNSON, deceased in her bed from what appeared to be a massive blunt force trauma to the head.  The suspect, CHRISTOPHER WAYNE KERN, was still on the scene when deputies arrived.  KERN has been arrested and charged with the murder of Latasha Nichole Johnson.

In 2019, Mobile County Sheriff’s Office responded to 7910 One Mile Road, for (3) three domestic calls.  If you know someone who could be a victim of Domestic Violence go to www.mobileso.com/crimetips/.

MCSO- Lori Myles

IRVINGTON, Ala. (WKRG)– The Mobile County Sheriff’s Office tells News 5 they are investigating a homicide on One Mile Road in Irvington.

Public Information Officer Lori Myles says a woman was killed. MCSO believes the death is domestic related and the suspect is in custody.

More information will be released in the coming hours.

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