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

January 11, 2011 |  6:34 pm

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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