19-year-old convicted in rape-murder

Last week in Houston, 19-year-old Dexter Johnson was convicted for the carjacking, robbery, rape and murder of Maria Aparece last summer: 19-year-old convicted in rape-murder. He faces the death penalty or life in prison. The guy is a lowlife killer who also murdered 17-year-old Huy Ngo:
Johnson was one of five people, the evidence showed, who carjacked Aparece and her boyfriend, Huy Ngo, on June 18, 2005, as the couple talked in her blue Toyota Matrix outside Ngo's home near midnight.

Johnson, his close friend Keithron Fields, 18, and an uncharged juvenile threatened Aparece and Ngo with a shotgun and a pistol, threw the couple in the backseat and drove them around Houston demanding money, credit cards and ATM access numbers, Andrews said.

The three found the parked car as they rode with Timothy Randle, 20, and Ashley Ervin, 18, in Ervin's car.

The five are suspected in a crime spree authorities said also claimed the lives of Brady Davis and Jose Lopez in separate shootings.

Prosecutors said Johnson raped Aparece in the backseat of her car after parking near a patch of thick woods. Ngo was forced to listen to the assault on his knees as the other four taunted him.
The jury is now listening to testimony during the punishment phase of the trial. You might remember I first mentioned this case almost a year ago, when the five suspects were first arrested. During the hearing, Aparace's family became emotional, and her uncle tried to attack Johnson upon hearing that she had been sexually assaulted before she was killed: 5 Suspects Face 15 Capital Murder Charges (there's news footage of her uncle's attempted attack in the courtroom). What a nightmare.

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