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Former California Highway Patrol officer Tomiekia Johnson was convicted today of first-degree murder for shooting her husband. She collapsed in the courtroom following the verdict.
Paramedics were called to a Los Angeles courtroom today when ex-CHP officer, Tomiekia Johnson, collapsed after being found guilty of first-degree murder for the death of her husband.
Johnson, 32, had testified that her gun accidentally went off on the night of Feb. 21, 2009 as she and her husband, Marcus Lemons, struggled over the firearm during an argument in the car after a night of drinking, notes the L.A. times.
"I was not trying to kill Marcus. I would never try to hurt him," she said in court, weeping. "He always hit me." She said she pulled off the 91 Freeway and told him to walk home. He "snatched" the keys out of the ignition, she said, and a struggle over her purse ensued.
During the trial, Johnson was portrayed as a wife with an aggressive personality, and as an excessive drinker. Her husband, a popular barber, was described as a peaceful man. Prosecutors argued that the slaying was not an accident, and that forensic evidence indicated Johnson fired an intentional shot.