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☷ Jackson County Mississippi - Justin George Johnson Found Guilty of First Degree Murder 26 April 2022★★★ ( news )
Jackson County , state Mississippi ( By Press Release office)
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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
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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