LAMESA, TX - A jury found Joe Johnson guilty of murder and sentenced him to life in prison for the shooting death of Dominique Adams.
Police and EMS were called to a report of shots fired along South 4th Street in Lamesa on February 16, 2016 at about 3:00 p.m.
Johnson was 17 at the time. Adams was 22.
During the trial, there was testimony that Johnson and a friend spotted Adams and his girlfriend in a car. Johnson motioned for Adams to roll down the window and harsh words were exchanged.
Adams got out of the car and Johnson reached for a gun. Evidence at trial was that Johnson fired four or five shots. Two of them hit Adams.
Adams was trying to run away as he was shot, according to the information presented at trial.
The fatal shot caused massive internal bleeding.
After the jury convicted Johnson, then there was testimony during the punishment phase of the trial. During punishment, the jury was told that while Johnson was in jail, he wrote rap songs. One such song was called “Ballad of a Killer.”
Johnson must serve at least 30 years before he can even request parole.
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