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Brother of man allegedly killed by CHP officer gratified at arrest in 2-year-old case

The brother of a man killed two years ago, allegedly by his wife, a California Highway Patrol officer, said he was gratified that an arrest has been made in the case.

Homicide detectives from the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department on Tuesday arrested Tomiekia Johnson at her desk at an L.A. CHP office where she has been assigned since her husband's death. The same morning, prosecutors charged Johnson with killing her husband, Marcus Lemons.

“I was kind of in shock. It has been almost two years now,” said Alonzo Lemons, Marcus Lemons' brother. “It won’t bring him back. It was sad anyway it goes. They have a child together. Now that child is without a mother and a father.”

On a Saturday night nearly two years ago, Johnson pulled out her handgun and fatally shot her husband in the head on the 91 Freeway in Compton. She then drove the car less than a mile to the home of her parents, who called authorities to report the killing. Johnson told detectives she acted in self-defense after Lemons physical abused her during a heated argument.

Lemons’ family and colleagues at the Compton barbershop where he worked were immediately skeptical of Johnson’s claims, describing Lemons as a peaceful man who would never hit his wife. But detectives had little to go on.

Deputy Dist Atty. Natalie Adomian said she “intentionally shot her husband” and it had nothing to do with self-defense. “She didn’t call 911, her parents did,” Adomian added.


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I am glad hear that she is going to face trial for what she has done. God is good and I will continue to pray for the family to include his children. May God bless you all.

Why did it take them two years to arrest her. If it was the husband he would've been arrested on the spot. I guess when a woman claims self defense it is automatically believed even in the most unlikely cases. If a man was to claim self defense it would be laughed at by the police and prosecutors. This man died because of a culture of believing men are inherently violent and sexual deviants. Their is never a presumption of innocence for a man accused of a crime on a woman.

"allegedly by his wife" - this is completely unnecessary. There is no contention to the fact that she killed the man. The contention is if it was in self-defense. As a reporter, it is important to be balanced - but use common sense and learn when to use the "textbook" phrases and when you can be really brave and "say it like it is."

Marcus was a very passive and peaceful man. He showed alot of love to those he knew, and did not know. He encouraged our young men to stay n school and make something of themselves. He would ask to see the kids report cards and progress reports. He also took time out to play with them. These are facts because I knew him personally and he was my sons barber. Our kids attended the same school as well. May God continue to comfort his family and may justice be served and may closure be given to all.

The cops had nothing to go on? Two people in a car, one shot in the head and the other drove to mom and dads BEFORE calling the police? I have seen this before where someone in authority is kept cloaked by the very system they work for. The alleged 'physical abuse' was never proved, bruising, welts, etc... She then gets placed somewhere else in the system and is continuing to draw taxpayer money for carrying a gun and upholding the law until someone files a suit. Sadly this fact will not be discussed in the court at all. SHAME ON YOU ALL THAT HELPED THIS GET SWEPT UNDER A RUG FOR SO LONG!


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