Stepfather charged with first-degree murder in Precious Doe case - NewsOn6.com - Tulsa, OK - News, Weather, Video and Sports - KOTV.com |

Stepfather charged with first-degree murder in Precious Doe case

Updated:
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- A Muskogee man whose stepdaughter's decapitated body was found in Kansas City, Missouri, and known only as "Precious Doe" was indicted today by a grand jury for first-degree murder.

Prosecutors say the indictment against Harrell Johnson upgrades the charge from a second-degree murder count originally filed against him.

Prosecutor Mike Sanders says he'll decide soon whether to seek the death penalty.

Johnson and his wife, Michelle, were both charged with second-degree murder in May after Kansas City police followed a tip from a family member linking them to the death of the girl who was 4 when her body was found in a park in 2001.

The girl was then identified as Erica Johnson, the daughter of Michelle Johnson.

Documents say Harrell Johnson has admitted being under the influence of alcohol and the drug P-C-P when he became angry because the girl refused to go to bed. He told investigators he grabbed Erica, kicked her and threw her to the ground and left her unconscious.

He said after the girl died he and Michelle Johnson used hedge clippers to sever the head.

Michelle Johnson was charged last month in Oklahoma with obtaining food stamps and welfare assistance for the girl for years after the child died.
Powered by Frankly
News On 6
303 N. Boston Ave.
Tulsa, OK 74103
Newson6.com is proud to provide Oklahomans with timely and relevant news and information, sharing the stories, pictures and loves of Oklahomans across our great state.
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2017 KOTV. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.