Wednesday, January 12, 2011

California Highway Patrolwoman Arrested For Murder

Los Angeles, CA—In was nearly two years ago when CHP officer Tomiekia Johnson, 31 did the unthinkable. She shot and killed her husband, Marcus Lavar Lemons.

The killing occurred in their car as the dead man fought with the off-duty CHP officer. Even if the dead suspect was unarmed the issue of disparity of force would allow this young woman to use a firearm to ward off an attack.

This was originally treated as a justifiable killing but apparently something led to this arrest nearly two full years later. My guess is the LSAD investigators obtained some a statement or statements that provided evidence that the killing was a crime.

Johnson has been a CHP officer for four years now and has been placed on administrative leave.

Right now, the Sheriff’s department is not talking.

Johnson is currently being held in the Woman’s Detention Center in Lynnwood on a $2 million bail requirement after her arrest at noon yesterday by the LSAD LASD-Surveillance Apprehension Team

This is the type of case I specialize in. Prosecutors in Liberal jurisdictions love to find any excuse to arrest people including cops in self-defense cases.

I have no word yet on any lawyer hired to defend Johnson.

This is from the District Attorney's Press release:
LOS ANGELES – A CHP officer who allegedly fatally shot her husband nearly two years ago was arrested today and charged with murder, the District Attorney’s office announced.

Tomiekia Johnson, 31 (dob 4-19-79), was arrested about noon by Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department homicide detectives, said Deputy District Attorney Natalie Adomian with the Justice System Integrity Division. Johnson was arrested shortly after Adomian filed a felony complaint for arrest warrant – BA379826 -- charging Johnson with the murder of her husband, Marcus Lemons.

The complaint alleges Johnson personally and intentionally discharged a handgun. She is being held on $2 million bail. Arraignment information will be announced later.
The off-duty CHP officer allegedly shot her husband near a 91 Freeway off-ramp about 11 p.m. on Feb. 21, 2009. She then allegedly drove the car to her parents home in Compton. When Sheriff’s deputies responded, they discovered his body in the front passenger seat with a gunshot wound to the head.

Click here to see all Crimefile stories on this killing.

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