Death Penalty Phase Resumes In Albert Johnson Murder Trial


Monday, June 20th 2016, 12:31 pm
By: News 9


Albert Johnson's attorneys called their own set of witnesses to testify in the death penalty phase of his capital murder trial.

One of the witnesses called was a forensic psychiatrist who interviewed Johnson during his time in the county jail.

He told the jury that he diagnosed Johnson with a psychotic disorder, known as intermittent explosive disorder and also said he displayed signs of a personality disorder. He told the jury Johnson's IQ is 77, which is considered borderline.

But on cross examination, the psychiatrist admitted he did not perform any of the tests on Johnson himself.

Several members of Johnson's family were also at the courthouse Monday. They were there to testify about Johnson's troubled youth.

His uncle testified Johnson witnessed a lot of domestic violence and alcoholism while growing up in his home, and that he knew no other way.

But on-cross examination, the uncle admitted most times, Johnson and his siblings grew up in a loving home, even after Johnson's mother died.

Johnson's defense team has said from the beginning that they don't deny Johnson attacked two women during the summer of 2014, but they are doing everything they can to spare his life and to present their case of why Johnson should not be executed.

Another mental health expert is expected to take the stand on Tuesday.

Closing arguments by both the prosecution and the defense will follow.

By Tuesday afternoon, it will be in the hands of the jury.