Testimony Continues In Death Penalty Phase Against Albert Johnson


Tuesday, June 21st 2016, 1:00 pm
By: News 9


It is the third week of the Albert Johnson capital murder trial, and it is the final stretch for these jurors.

The jury heard from the last few witnesses in the death penalty phase of the case Tuesday.

This same jury did find Johnson guilty on all counts connected to the brutal attack on June 13, 2014 that left one woman dead and another beaten and raped. The woman who survived was Johnson's girlfriend at the time. She testified against him in this trial.

The woman who died was Rachel Rogers, 24, who showed up at the girlfriend's home in The Village after getting a frantic call for help.

One of the witnesses who took the stand on Tuesday was a neuro-psychologist called by the defense. He diagnosed Johnson with intermittent explosive disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder. He acknowledged that Johnson was sexually abused and felt abandoned by his parents when he was younger and that those certain experiences affected his physical brain development. 

The jury also watched a videotaped deposition from a grandmother who testified Johnson helped solve her granddaughter's cold case murder.

Defense attorneys said Johnson came forward to authorities, saying an inmate confessed to him while in the Cotton County jail how he killed the granddaughter, who was pregnant with his child.

That confession led to a conviction in the cold case and the defense team said Johnson came former with this information without making a deal to lessen his sentence.

The jury will hear from Johnson's biological father Wednesday morning. Johnson's biological father is being brought in from Missouri.

The prosecution and defense are expected to give their closing arguments after Johnson's biological father's testimony.