[StBernard] Husband convicted of killing wife
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?
> 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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