Marcel Johnson was sentenced to death by the State of Pennsylvania for the murders of a pregnant mother and her four year old daughter. According to court documents Marcel Johnson would fatally stab four year old R’mani Rankins and Ebony Talley plus her unborn child. Marcel Johnson would be arrested, convicted and sentenced to death
Marcel Johnson 2021 Information
|Also Known As
|MARCEL EMANUEL JOHNSON
|MARCEL EMANUEL JOHNSON
Parole Number: MB9312
Date of Birth: 07/27/1992
Height: 5′ 06″
Current Location: PHOENIX
Permanent Location: PHOENIX
Committing County: BUCKS
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On Monday, Pennsylvania Department of Corrections Secretary John Wetzel signed a Notice of Execution for a Bristol Township man who was found guilty of killing a pregnant woman and her 4-year-old daughter.
Corrections officials noted that the execution notice was issued by Wetzel because Gov. Tom Wolf did not sign a warrant of execution. The secretary’s notice was issued because Wolf did not sign the warrant within a certain period of time.
Wolf has placed a moratorium on the death penalty in Pennsylvania. While criminals can be sentenced to death, Wolf will not sign warrants for their execution. However, that could change when a new governor takes office.
Johnson was convicted in June 2015 for the November 2013 incident that led to the sentence of death for the murder of R’mani Rankins, 4, and life in prison for the killing of five-months pregnant Ebony Talley, 22.
Prosecutors made the case that Johnson, who had a troubled childhood, killed Talley, her unborn child, and little R’Mani inside a subletted apartment at the Avalon Court complex on Bristol-Oxford Valley Road in Bristol Township. In a failed effort to hide his crimes, he set fire to the apartment and fled the scene in a vehicle that a witness spotted.
Sources told LevittownNow.com at the time that both Talley and Johnson were involved in the Lower Bucks County drug trade. During the trial, it was revealed that bags similar to those used to package heroin – labeled “#1 way to go” – were found near Talley’s body, and the prosecution argued Johnson wanted more of her business.
A deputy coroner said Talley was stabbed around 30 times before the arson fire. Talley’s womb was punctured and the male fetus inside died due to his mother’s injuries. The little girl was rushed by first responders to the hospital but died from a large stab wound on her upper chest. She also suffered third-degree burns on her stomach, according to testimony.
The 24-year-old man joins former Bucks County residents Frank Chester (1989), Robert Diamond (2009), Robert Flor (2006), Richard Laird (1989) and Alfonso Sanchez (2008) on death row.
Statewide, there are 150 prisoners on death row in Pennsylvania.