[StBernard] Husband convicted of killing wife

Westley Annis westley at da-parish.com
Mon Jan 29 22:10:06 EST 2007

Am glad justice has been served but I thought that because "the right to a
speedy trial" canceled out all preKatrina crimes; is murder an exception?


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> Husband convicted of killing wife

> Burning case is first jury trial since storm

> Saturday, January 27, 2007

> St. Bernard bureau


> The first jury convened for a criminal trial in St. Bernard Parish after

> Katrina this week convicted a man accused of burning his wife to death in

> front of her 5-year-old daughter.


> The 12-person jury deliberated for about an hour Wednesday before


> Roy Anthony Johnson of second-degree murder in state District Judge Robert

> Buckley's court in Chalmette.


> Johnson was accused of second-degree murder in the death of his estranged

> wife, Agena Woods, 35, whom he doused with a flammable liquid and set


> in the bathtub of her Violet home in October 2001.



> Buckley said sentencing has been set for Feb. 27, but since second-degree

> murder carries a mandatory life sentence that is largely a formality.


> Authorities said Johnson, who was 37 at the time of the crime, fled the

> burning house with Woods' 5-year-old daughter, who witnessed the crime. He

> dropped the child off at her uncle's house nearby and later was spotted

> walking along St. Bernard Highway, where he was apprehended.


> Johnson and the child also suffered burns, authorities said.


> In January 2002 Buckley ordered Johnson sent to a state forensic hospital

> for treatment after he was declared incapable of assisting his defense.

> After receiving treatment, Johnson's trial was held up by Hurricane




> It has been tough to seat a jury because much of the parish's pre-storm

> population of nearly 70,000 has been scattered since Katrina.


> "We were finally able to get the first jury," Buckley said Friday. "It's

> been a difficult task."

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