Arrest made in 2011 Golden Hill double murder

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SAN DIEGO — Authorities announced an arrest Tuesday in the shooting deaths of a man and his adult son at a Golden Hill bus stop five years ago.

On Monday afternoon, members of two coordinating fugitive task forces took Marlon Johnson, 38, into custody in Maumelle, Arkansas, on suspicion of gunning down Darryl Hunter, 49, and 30-year-old Keith Butler on Jan. 9, 2011.

About 8:40 p.m. that day, patrol officers responding to a report of a shooting found Hunter mortally wounded in the 2900 block of C Street and his son in critical condition at an apartment complex a block away, according to San Diego police.

Medics took the father and son to hospitals, where both were pronounced dead shortly after arrival.

Detectives determined that the victims had gone to Butler’s girlfriend’s apartment on the night of their deaths, homicide Lt. Ray Valentin said. They visited with the woman for about an hour before the older man decided to leave, and Butler left to accompany his father to the nearby bus stop.

About 20 minutes later, Butler ran back into the apartment and told his girlfriend to call 911. He then collapsed, gravely wounded.

Though Johnson was identified early on in the investigation as a potential suspect in the case, detectives did not have sufficient cause to charge him until recently, the lieutenant said. Three weeks ago, the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office issued a warrant for his arrest on suspicion of two counts of murder.

Valentin declined to disclose the nature of the new evidence that allegedly implicates Johnson in the double killing, the motive for which remains unclear.

The suspect will be extradited back to San Diego to face trial in the case, police said.

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