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Abuse suspect stalks victim

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

A man accused of a brutal case of domestic violence had his bond revoked Tuesday after being arrested for stalking the alleged victim -- his wife.

David Wayne Johnson Jr., 28, will appear before General Sessions Judge Charles Rich on Aug. 29 for a hearing on an order of protection and a preliminary hearing on charges of especially aggravated kidnapping and especially aggravated rape.

David Wayne Johnson Jr., left, appeared in court Tuesday with attorney John Norton, where he had his bond of $500,000 revoked after allegedly stalking his wife, the victim of an alleged multi-day ordeal earlier this month.
(T-G Photo by Brian Mosely)
Also, Johnson's mother and sister, Mary Ann Johnson, 55, and Sheila Ann Johnson, 22, both of La Vergne, will appear on that date for a hearing on the order of protection. They have been charged with accessory after the fact for doing nothing to stop the alleged violence, which police said lasted for days.

Johnson had been free on $500,000 bond in Bedford County since the alleged multi-day incident earlier this month, which Shelbyville police detective Brian Crews called the worst case of domestic violence he's ever seen.

Smyrna stalking

According to Crews, Johnson was arrested last week in Smyrna by Rutherford County authorities for allegedly stalking the victim at his mother-in-law's home, along with his mother. Both mother and son are under $500,000 bond in that county as well on the stalking charges.

Attorney John Norton spoke on behalf of Johnson in court on Tuesday, but stressed that he had not been fully retained in the case here, nor had he been hired at all for the charges in Rutherford County.

Assistant district attorney Richard Cawley insisted that Johnson have his bond revoked, Norton said, but he added that he could later file a motion to have the bond reinstated.

Norton also said that he asked Rutherford County authorities for a copy of the warrants against the Johnsons on Monday afternoon, but was told "that they were too busy," he said.

The defense attorney also said he was not representing the two Johnson women, and Sheila, who is currently free on $50,000 bond, had told Rich earlier in the day that she was in the process of getting legal representation.

Two-day ordeal

Johnson's wife had escaped the couple's Pickle Street home on July 4 and ran to BP Serv-N-Go store on South Cannon Boulevard, where the manager locked her inside as Johnson allegedly circled the parking lot in his car.

The alleged multi-day incident began two days earlier, after Johnson saw Facebook messages she'd sent to another man, the victim told police.

Crews said that Johnson repeatedly attacked her with objects, "held a gun to her chest so hard it has left an imprint of a gun barrel and she has cuts and bruises over her entire body."

Also, Johnson allegedly cut all her clothing, photos and other personal items to pieces and the victim made several attempts to escape, but wasn't successful until two days later, when she caught him with his back turned and was able to make her way to the front door and run for help.

According to detective Carol Jean, the victim's eyes were almost swollen shut, her forehead and one side of her head were seriously bruised and she had a serious cut on her leg where a kitchen knife had gone entirely through the skin.

Johnson's mother and sister were charged with accessory after the fact after they came to pick up the couple's three children but did nothing to stop him. Sheila Johnson is also accused of slapping the victim in the face.

When the victim escaped, the manager of the convenience store, Devi Nichols, said she saw her screaming for help as she ran from Johnson, who was pursuing in his car. Nichols led the victim into the store's office and locked the outside doors until police arrived.

Johnson then fled to La Vergne where he was arrested.

-- T-G copy editor David Melson contributed to this story.