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CHP officer accused of killing husband had been ordered to take anger-management classes, suit says [Updated]

January 17, 2011 |  7:41 am

California Highway Patrol Officer Tomiekia Johnson Charged with Husband's Murder

The California Highway Patrol officer charged last week with killing her husband is being sued by his teenage son, who alleged that she had earlier been assigned to anger-management classes.

The suit was filed before the L.A. County district attorney's office charged Tomiekia Johnson, 31, with the slaying of Marcus Lemons.

Johnson, 31, claimed she fired the gun, which she had gotten from a relative, in self-defense against her husband two years ago. But after a lengthy investigation, Johnson was arrested last Tuesday by homicide detectives from the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department at a CHP office in Los Angeles, where she had been assigned since the slaying.

Lemons' son, DeMarco Lemons, sued the CHP and Johnson for his father's wrongful death last year. Attorney Leon Gilbert, in court documents filed last June, alleges that Johnson robbed the youth of a relationship with his father and that the CHP was also negligent in its employment. [Updated at 8:30 p.m.: An earlier version of this post described Marcus Lemons and DeMarco Lemons as stepfather and stepson. They were father and son.]

In the lawsuit, Gilbert alleges that Johnson was ordered to take anger-management classes but did not attend. The suit says no action was taken by the CHP, which would could not be reached for comment on the allegation.

Johnson has pleaded not guilty to a charge that she killed her 31-year-old husband, a Compton barber and renowned amateur bowler, while off duty.

According to Deputy Dist. Atty. Natalie Adomian, Johnson intentionally shot her husband, and the killing had nothing to do with self-defense. The couple had left a T.G.I. Friday's in Compton shortly before the shooting.

Lemons' family and friends have insisted he was a peaceful man and that Johnson was the one known for flares of temper.


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-- Richard Winton

Photo: Tomiekia Johnson and Marcus Lemons. Credit: Family photo provided by KTLA