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Hearings reset for Johnson

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Preliminary hearings have been reset for October in the case of a man accused of a brutal case of domestic violence last month.

However, his defense attorney claims that other facts in the matter will come to light as the case continues through the court system.

General Sessions Judge Charles Rich will decide on Oct. 26 if there is enough evidence for David Wayne Johnson Jr., 28, to be bound over to the November session of the Bedford County grand jury.

Multiple charges

Johnson is charged with especially aggravated kidnapping and especially aggravated rape, while his mother and sister, Mary Ann Johnson, 55, and Sheila Ann Johnson, 22, both of La Vergne, have been charged with accessory after the fact for allegedly doing nothing to stop the alleged violence against Johnson's wife, which police say lasted for days.

Scheduling conflicts with attorneys involved in the case prevented the proceedings from taking place on Wednesday, where a hearing on an order of protection was also to be heard.

David Johnson is free on $500,000 bond, while Shelia and Mary Ann Johnson are out on $50,000 bond.

Lawyers hired

Defense attorney John Norton told the T-G that Shelia Johnson has retained lawyer Kelly Wilson, but he was tied up in a Chancery Court proceeding all day while assistant district attorney Richard Cawley was taking part in a three-day jury trial.

Mary Ann Johnson has not hired an attorney, Norton said, but will likely do so within the next couple of weeks.

Defense claims

Norton claims that the victim had been in a shelter for battered women, "but for some reason, moved to Rutherford County, where the Johnsons were at."

The victim is from Rutherford County and moved to Shelbyville with her husband, authorities said.

Johnson was arrested last month in Smyrna by Rutherford County authorities for allegedly stalking the victim at his mother-in-law's home, along with his mother, and both were placed under $500,000 bond. A judge there reduced David Johnson's bond to $2,500.

The victim brought a domestic violence charge against her husband in Rutherford County several years ago and was charged with filing a false report, Norton said.

Long ordeal

Johnson's wife told police she escaped the couple's Pickle Street home on July 4 after being held captive and abused for several days.

She ran to a South Cannon Boulevard convenience store, police said, where the manager locked her inside as Johnson allegedly circled the parking lot in his car before leaving as officers approached.