Days before she was shot, Nakia Johnson was threatened at gunpoint by her roommate's 21-year-old boyfriend, a Crip gang member.
A police officer testified Wednesday that Tracy Parnell was at his girlfriend's apartment Oct. 28 when he used a revolver to threaten Johnson. Officer Candace Phillips said Parnell was angry at Johnson, 20, because she had invited her boyfriend, a Blood gang member, into the apartment.
Parnell was ordered to stand trial for making terroristic threats, use of a weapon to commit a felony and possession of a firearm by a felon. Douglas County Judge Darryl Lowe also set bail for Parnell at $10,000. He must pay 10 percent of that amount to be released.
On Oct. 30, Johnson was wounded and her 16-year-old cousin Eriana Carr was killed by a gunman. The cousins were returning to Carr's home after taking a walk.
Parnell has not been charged in connection with the shooting. But Phillips described Parnell as a “person of interest'' in the death of Carr, a Benson High student.
Parnell's threat against Johnson was witnessed by Parnell's girlfriend, Veronica Thompson. Parnell and another man screamed at Johnson that “she had brought a Blood guy into a Crip house,'' Phillips said.
Parnell wanted Johnson to lure her boyfriend back to the apartment in north Omaha to settle “a gang beef.''
Instead, Johnson called 911 out of fear for her life, Phillips said.
Police haven't been able to find the handgun that Parnell used during the threat, Phillips said.
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