In 2007, Clarence Johnson gunned down Robert Dawson after Dawson had beat him up earlier that day. Prior to the shooting, a witness allegedly saw Clarence’s mother Vanessa Johnson give Clarence a hand gun and tell him to “go get” Dawson. Ms. Johnson face state murder charges and federal gun charges. The case relieved significant publicity from the New Orleans Times-Picayune.
At trial, the prosecution almost exclusively relied on the eyewitness’ testimony. However, the defense argued that the prosecution was taking the words of one eye witness and making it the gospel. Further, the defense argued that the prosecution ignored the eyewitnesses relationship
Today, Ms. Johnson is a free woman.