Former Texas A&M football player found guilty of murder in 2015 machete killing

Crime & Public Safety

Former Texas A&M football player Thomas Johnson was found guilty of murdering a random jogger with a machete back in 2015.

The prosecution rested on Tuesday morning. The defense called no witnesses to Johnson’s defense and instead was trying to focus on an “appropriate punishment.”

53-year-old David Stevens while Stevens was out for a run at White Rock Lake in Dallas when Johnson attacked him. 

Medical staff worked for over 90 minutes to try and keep Stevens alive but were unable to do so.

Johnson was found incompetent to stand trial in 2016 and was sent to a psychiatric hospital. He was later found fit to stand trial. 

Johnson is a Dallas native who attended Skyline High School and played football for Texas A&M in 2012. He disappeared mid-season and wasn’t seen again until he appeared at his family’s Dallas home three days later.

His family did an interview with NBC5 in Dallas and said that in 2014 Johnson was diagnosed with schizophrenia in 2014 and that the disease is a “monster.” 

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