Houston DA files for death penalty in decades-old murder case
Houston County District Attorney Kelly Burke officially filed notice today that he is seeking the death penalty in the murder trial of a Warner Robins man whose 1984 conviction was overturned by the state's highest court.
The notice of intention filed in Houston County Superior Court cites aggravating circumstances in the armed robbery and slaying of the 24-year-old Warner Robins convenience store clerk Taressa Stanley during a botched convenience store robbery.
Timothy Johnson, at 22, pleaded guilty in 1984 to shooting Stanley, the mother of three little girls. He was given life in prison. In April, the Georgia Supreme Court threw out the plea deal and overturned his conviction.
Johnson was recently re-indicted by a Houston County grand jury.
The next step will be the appointment of an attorney to represent Johnson in his capital murder trial of a crime that took place more than 20 years ago. The appointment of the attorney is already creating controversy.
(source: Macon Telegraph)
They say you're beautiful And they'll always let you in But doors are never open To the child without a trace of sin R.J.D
This is horrible. How can they go after a death sentence when they didn't in the first place? This is a blood hungry DA. All of the work was done for him in the plea deal. He doesn't have to do much in making a case beit that the defendant might have given full details in that plea deal. This is a criminal act on behalf of the DA. This man has no fair chance. 1. He's in Texas 2. He did a plea agreement years earlier 3. His case is all over the paper 4. Anyone who wants to get the public record can. (JUROR)
"There is nothing more dangerous than to build a society, with a large segment of people in that society, who feel that they have no stake in it; who feel that they have nothing to lose. People who have a stake in their society, protect that society, but when they don't have it, they unconsciously want to destroy it. " Martin Luther King