A Shreveport man involved in a fatal stabbing in west-central Shreveport last year was convicted of second-degree murder in a jury trial that ended Thursday, September 13, 2018.
Raymond George Johnson, 52, was found guilty by the 12-person jury in District Judge Katherine Dorroh’s courtroom after deliberating 40 minutes.
On April 29, 2017, Johnson called 911 emergency operators from his residence in the 2600 block of Randolph Street, in the Werner Park neighborhood, to report a medical emergency. Arriving authorities found the victim, Yolanda Moore, deceased inside his residence. She had suffered 21 stab wounds, three of them fatal. Johnson’s accounts to the 911 operator, paramedics and police were not consistent, and the victim had been dead between one and three hours before the call to 911. Police observed blood on the walls, floor, and furniture throughout the residence and subsequent DNA testing revealed these belonged to both Johnson and Moore. Police found a knife in the front yard, a weapon consistent with the wounds observed at autopsy, and blood on the knife also matched both Johnson and the victim.
Jury selection took place Monday, September 10, 2018, with evidence presentation and witness testimony Sept. 11-13.
Johnson was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorneys Bill Edwards and Jason Waltman. He was defended by David McClatchey.
When Johnson returns to face Judge Dorroh at sentencing at 9:30 a.m. September 27, 2018, he faces a mandatory life sentence without benefit of parole, probation or suspension of sentence.