Thomas Johnson Guilty In Machete Murder Of Dallas Jogger

L.P. Phillips
April 30, 2019 - 10:49 am

Dallas County Sheriffs Office


DALLAS (1080 KRLD) - The jury only deliberated for 15 minutes before finding Thomas Johnson guilty of killing Daniel Stevens in a random attack with a machete in 2015.

It was a quick end to testimony in the machete murder trial. Former Texas A&M football player Thomas Johnson of Dallas has been found guilty of murder. 

There is no question whether he killed jogger David Stevens in October of 2015. Johnson admitted as much to witnesses and police. During closing arguments, even the defense said as much.

Stevens was jogging on the White Rock Trail when Johnson attacked him with a machete.

Now the defense will go to the heart of its case. Was Stevens mentally sound at the time?

The state and defense will present expert witnesses that will try to convince the jury of the mental state.

The state says Johnson had the ability to function because he knew to call 911 after the murder.

The defense has been asking the jury to pay attention to how Johnson reacted at the scene.

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