Dexter Johnson was sentenced to death by the State of Texas for a sexual assault and double murder. According to court documents Dexter Johnson, Alain Bulter, Keithron Fields, Ashley Ervin and Timothy Randall would force the two victims down a dead end road where the woman was sexually assaulted and both were murdered. Dexter Johnson would be arrested, convicted and sentenced to death
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A federal appellate court halted the execution of Texas inmate Dexter Johnson on Wednesday evening, less than 24 hours before he was set to die.
The court stayed his execution and sent the case back to the district court to look into newly raised claims of intellectual disability.
Johnson, 31, was sentenced to death for his role in a double murder in2006 days after he turned 18. Johnson and four other teens carjacked and robbedMaria Aparece, 23, and Huy Ngo, 17, while they sat in her car outside Ngo’s house. According to court records, Johnson and the others took the young couple to a secluded area whereJohnson raped Aparece before he and another teen shot them both, killing them.
The murders were part of what Harris County prosecutors have described as a 25-day crime spree by Johnson and others that also included three other slayings. Johnson has been on death row since his conviction in 2007.
In recent appeals, Johnson has argued that he is intellectually disabled and therefore ineligible for the death penalty under U.S. Supreme Court precedent. Intellectual disability has become a main focus of Texas death penalty law after years of back and forth between the U.S. Supreme Court and the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals in the case of Bobby Moore. Ultimately, the high court invalidated Texas’ method of determining the disability, and then, after the state court still ruled Moore was not intellectually disabled, overruled that decision in February and said he has shown that he is.
Johnson had already argued he was intellectually disabled in an April appeal rejected by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, shortly before a May execution date that a federal judge later postponed in an unrelated filing. But a new attorney raised a similarclaim this month in both state and federal court, mentioning recent IQ and neuropsychological tests that put Johnson’s IQ below the threshold of intellectual disability. The attorney also noted severe limitations in language skills and a “pronounced stutter.”
His attorney argued that the disability could be raised under new evidence because medical standards on intellectual disability have changed since his trial.
The state court again dismissed Johnson’s appeal Tuesday, but the federal appellate court issued a stay of execution Wednesday evening. He was set to be executed after 6 p.m. Thursday.