Garland Man Facing Murder Trial Has More Serious Charges

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February 20, 2020 - 1:12 pm
Jimmy Eugene Johnson

Credit: Dallas County Jail

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DALLAS (1080 KRLD) - Two weeks before he is scheduled to stand trial for murdering a transgender woman, a Garland man is now facing a more serious accusation.

25-year old Jimmy Eugene Johnson is accused of strangling 26-year old Carla Flores-Pavon in May of 2018. He is scheduled for trial on a murder charge March 6th.

Now a Grand Jury has taken another look at the case and the charge has bumped-up to capital murder.

At the time of Johnson's arrest, Dallas Police Deputy Chief Thomas Castro said the two had met online in a chat-room, something that led to the arrest.

It's not known if the new charge will delay the trial.

While a felony murder carries a possible life sentence with parole, in a capital murder case like this, the sentence would be automatic life without parole.