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Machete Murder Suspect Thomas Johnson Sentenced To Life In Prison

May 01, 2019 - 12:12 pm

DALLAS (1080 KRLD) - A jury has sentenced machete murder suspect Thomas Johnson to life in prison. 

The state got what it wanted for former Texas A&M football star Thomas Johnson, locked up for life for the October 2015 machete-hacking-death of White Rock Trail jogger David Stevens.

Prosecutor Justin McCants said it's undisputed that Johnson suffers from schizophrenia, but says the jury has to protect the community.

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The jury only deliberated for 15 minutes before finding Johnson guilty on Tuesday.

Police say a cyclist witnessed Johnson chopping at Stevens' prone body with a machete on White Rock Creek Trail in East Dallas, and that the former wide receiver later confessed to killing the 53-year-old mechanical engineer.

The witnesses to the murder say Johnson had "evil in his eyes" and repeatedly said he had killed a man.

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