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☷ Jackson County Mississippi - Justin George Johnson Found Guilty of First Degree Murder 26 April 2022★★★ ( news )

☷ Jackson County Mississippi - Justin George Johnson Found Guilty of First Degree Murder 26 April 2022★★★ ( news )

Jackson County , state Mississippi
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   On April 20 , 2022 , after a three - day trial , a George County jury found Justin George Johnson , 46 , guilty of First - Degree Murder .
   On April 20 , 2022 , after a three - day trial , a George County jury found Justin George Johnson , 46 , guilty of First - Degree Murder . During the trial , the State presented testimony and evidence that Johnson brutally beat and strangled his wife , Marta “Dee Dee” Merdita Johnson , in the vehicle they shared , leaving her body inside for four days before she was found .  The George County Sheriff’s Department and the FBI Safe Streets Task Force investigated the case .  
    Judge Dale Harkey sentenced Johnson to life imprisonment in the custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections
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   District Attorney Angel Myers McIlrath stated ,
    “The jury saw the truth and found the Defendant guilty of First - Degree Murder despite the Defendant’s efforts to continue to blame the victim .   Dee Dee had a voice in the courtroom and today , justice was delivered .   If you or someone you love is a victim of domestic violence , please know that there is help and hope .  I encourage you to call the Gulf Coast Center for Non - Violence 24 - hour hotline 228 - 435 - 1968 or 1 - 800 - 800 - 1396 . ”
   Assistant District Attorney Carolyn Lewis stated ,
   “Dee Dee was the victim of continuous domestic violence for many years at the hands of her husband . The wounds inflicted by the Defendant weren’t just to the victim but impacted the whole family .  I hope today was a step towards healing for them . ”  
   Assistant District Attorney Bill Barrett stated ,
    “We appreciate the hard work of the George County Sheriff’s Department and the FBI Safe Streets Task Force on the investigation of this case . Their expertise in gathering evidence led to justice for Dee Dee . ”
   Carolyn Lewis and Bill Barrett represented the State of Mississippi in this case .    
   

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