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    Johnny A. Johnson - Missouri Death Row


    Casey Williamson




    Summary of Offense:

    A six-year-old girl disappeared in July 2002 from her Valley Park home after Johnny Johnson stayed the night in the home. That morning, Johnson awoke to find the girl standing near the couch on which he had been sleeping. He took the girl, still in her nightgown, to an abandoned glass factory nearby that is surrounded by wooded areas and a series of trails. He took the girl into a pit with walls more than six feet high, exposed himself, tore off the girl's underwear and forced her to the ground. He attempted to rape her and then hit her in the head with a brick multiple times. Eventually, he knocked her to the ground and fractured the right side of her skull. Because she still was moving, Johnson lifted a basketball-sized boulder and brought it down on the girl's head and neck. She stopped breathing soon after.

    Johnson buried the girl with rocks, leaves and debris from the pit, then went to the nearby Meramec River to wash blood and other evidence from his body. Police found Johnson and took him to the police station, where he was identified by a witness who had seen him carrying the girl earlier in the morning. He signed a waiver form after being advised of his rights and told police he wanted to make a statement. After several hours of denying seeing or being with the girl that morning, Johnson ultimately told police the girl was in the old glass factory and that she had died in an accident. Before police were able to find the girl's body, a private citizen who had joined the search for the girl chanced upon her body in the pit. A detective who investigated the scene told Johnson he did not believe the girl's death was an accident. Johnson told the detective that he had exposed himself to the girl and had pulled down her underwear and killed her only after they both began "freaking out." He did not admit that he intended to take the girl, rape her or kill her before entering the pit.

    Around 11:30 that night, while Johnson was awaiting booking, he began discussing the Bible and eternal salvation with another police detective. Johnson admitted he had not been completely honest to that point, returned to police headquarters, again waived his rights, and made verbal and audiotaped statements in which he admitted that he intended to take the girl to have sex with her and then kill her. An autopsy showed the girl died from blunt force injuries to her head. At trial, Johnson did not deny killing the girl but disputed that he deliberated before doing so. He also presented a diminished capacity defense asserting that he could not deliberate because of schizo-affective disorder that caused command hallucinations telling him to rape and kill the girl.

    The jury convicted Johnson of first-degree murder, armed criminal action, kidnapping and attempted forcible rape. It recommended a sentence of death for the murder conviction, finding all three statutory aggravating factors presented by the state. It recommended life sentences for the remaining convictions. In accord with the jury's recommendations, the court sentenced Johnson to death for the murder and, as a persistent offender, to consecutive life sentences for the other crimes.

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    Inmate Personal Information

    DOB: 03/16/1970
    Race: White
    Gender: Male

    Crime and Trial Information

    * County of conviction: St. Louis
    * Number of counts: One
    * Race of Victim: White
    * Gender of Victim: Female
    * Date of crime: 07/26/2002
    * Date of Sentencing: 03/07/2005

    Legal Status

    Current Proceedings:
    post‐conviction proceedings

    Attorney

    Loyce Ann Rhodes Hamilton

    Court Opinions

    State v. Johnson, 207 S.W.3d 24 (Mo. banc 2006), cert. denied, 550 U.S. 971 (2007).

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    Death row inmate cites brain damage while seeking new trial for killing 6-year-old Mo. girl

    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — A man sentenced to death for murdering a 6-year-old girl he abducted from her father's St. Louis County home is seeking a new trial, arguing his lawyers should have pursued a defense that he suffered from brain damage.

    The Missouri Supreme Court heard arguments Wednesday on whether to grant a new trial or sentencing hearing for Johnny Johnson in the July 2002 slaying of Casey Williamson.

    Johnson admitted at his trial that he killed the girl. But his attorneys argued he did not qualify for the death penalty because mental illnesses made him incapable of acting with "cool reflection."

    Johnson's current attorney argued Wednesday that the defense should have also hired a neuropsychologist to testify about Johnson's brain damage.

    http://www.therepublic.com/view/stor...Slain-Sentence

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    Johnny Johnson death penalty in Casey Williamson murder stands

    The Missouri Supreme Court has denied post conviction relief in the death sentence handed down to a man who killed a little girl in Valley Park more than ten years ago.

    The high court issued its denial against Johnny Johnson, who was seeking to have the capital punishment sentenced thrown out due to his ineffective representation at trial, as well as evidence he suffered brain damage due to being abused as a child.

    The Supreme Court voted unanimously to deny Johnson the relief he was seeking in the case.

    Johnson was found guilty by a St. Louis County jury of taking six-year-old Casey Williamson from a Valley Park home on June 26, 2002.

    Evidence at trial showed Johnson carried the child to an abandoned glass factory on the banks of the Meramec River where he tried to rape the little girl, then beat her to death with boulders and stones, before trying to cover her body with debris inside the old factory shell.

    Police found and arrested Johnson as he emerged from the river a short time later where authorities say he went to wash off physical evidence of the crime.

    http://www.ksdk.com/news/article/348...sey-Williamson
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    On February 13, 2013, Johnson filed a habeas petition in Federal District Court.

    http://dockets.justia.com/docket/mis...cv00278/125251

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    Federal habeas relief denied by the district court on February 28, 2020.

    https://cases.justia.com/federal/dis...?ts=1582975263

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