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Ex-girlfriend: Johnson confessed to West York slaying

Liz Evans Scolforo
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The ex-girlfriend of Carlos "Los" Johnson testified Tuesday that she and Johnson were lying in bed when he confided that he and two others committed a homicide in West York.

Carlos "Los" Johnson

"He told me that him and Booper and Roc did it," Natalie Taylor, 33, told jurors under questioning by chief deputy prosecutor David Maisch, prompting Maisch to ask her what it was that Johnson confessed the three men did.

"Killed that man," she replied.

Johnson, 36, of Chambersburg, is charged with second-degree murder, robbery and conspiracy to commit robbery for the shooting death of Lancelot Hylton.

On Friday, "Booper" — whose real name is Ramon Rosario Jr. — pleaded guilty to third-degree murder. As part of his negotiated plea agreement, the 31-year-old York man was sentenced to 15 to 40 years in state prison.

Charges dropped: All charges against "Roc," whose real name is David A. Jackson, were withdrawn Monday morning by the York County District Attorney's Office. Maisch stated in court on Friday that the charges were being dropped because his office learned new information about the case.

Jackson, 28, of Harrisburg, also known as "Shoota Man," has maintained his innocence and told police he wasn't present when the homicide happened, although he did tell police he was with Rosario earlier in the day, according to Jackson's defense attorney, Rick Robinson.

Defense attorney Karen Comery has said a witness picked Jackson's photo from a police photo lineup.

Hylton, 41, was found dead outside his 1100 W. King St. home just after 4:30 a.m. Aug. 26, 2014, West York Police have said. He suffered a single gunshot wound to the head.

Maisch maintains Hylton was killed during a robbery gone bad, and a neighbor has testified to overhearing three men arguing around that time, with one saying he didn't have their money.

Ramon "Booper" Rosario Jr.

Under cross-examination Tuesday by Comery, Taylor confirmed she told lead West York Detective David Kahley that it was Jackson, or "Roc," who kept talking about robbing someone and that Johnson was telling him not to do that.

'I was scared': Taylor testified on redirect by Maisch that she and Johnson had been broken up for about four months when she first started speaking to police about the homicide.

"I was scared," she said, especially after she got a call from Johnson in which he asked whether "he need(ed) to help me keep my mouth shut."

Another Tuesday prosecution witness, Joseph Reed, testified he heard Jackson "say something about robbing somebody."

Reed admitted he was using crack cocaine in 2014 that he would buy from Rosario, and said Rosario would regularly ask him for rides or use his car.

Reed confirmed he told police in 2014 that Hylton — sometimes called "D" or "D-Lo" or "Down Low" — had previously shorted Rosario on a drug sale.

'Out of control': When he pleaded guilty Friday, Rosario admitted he called Hylton and set up a meeting about Hylton owing someone money. At that meeting, Hylton and Johnson argued, according to Rosario.

Things got out of control, he said, and Johnson shot Hylton.

Maisch has indicated to the court that the prosecution isn't convinced it was Johnson who pulled the trigger, and he has told jurors they don't need to determine who fired the fatal shot to find Johnson guilty of murder.

Trial is set to resume at 9:15 a.m. Wednesday. Maisch told presiding Common Pleas Judge Richard K. Renn there are three more prosecution witnesses to call, including a jailhouse snitch expected to testify that Johnson confessed to him.

— Reach Liz Evans Scolforo at levans@yorkdispatch.com.