Death Penalty Phase Underway In Albert Johnson Murder Trial

Thursday, June 16th 2016, 12:34 pm
By: News 9

Prosecutors are presenting their evidence and witnesses in the death penalty phase of the Albert Johnson capital murder trial.

One of the witnesses who testified is a woman who Johnson was convicted of raping back in 1983. She told the jury how he forced himself on her in a McDonald's bathroom, even while her children were inside the fast food restaurant.

She testified, "I thought I was going to die". She said Johnson beat her and raped her. She told the jury he tried to leave the restaurant with her but she managed to break free and run to two men who had just walked into the restaurant and beg for help. She says the experience changed her life forever.

Prosecutors showed the jury pictures of the bathroom and pictures of the victim, showing her injuries right after the attack. She was moved to tears during her testimony and seemed very afraid to be in the same room with Johnson.

Johnson was convicted and sentenced to 30 years for that rape.

Jury also heard from a 43-year-old man, who is the son of the 1983 rape victim. He was 9 years old at the time of the January 8, 1983 incident. He said he remembered seeing his mother's face was all beat up and she was in distress.

He also said he remembered seeing a black man trying to walk out with his mom and that his mom made a look to two men in the restaurant and they jumped to rescue her before the black man ran out the door. He too was moved to tears recounting the assault on his mother.