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Following are news items related to Anne-Christine’s search, her death, and its aftermath.
A Grandmother is Fighting for Custody of Her Murdered Daughter’s Child. Will She Be Silenced?
by OLIVIA GENTILE, Texas Observer
For more than five years, Stephanie Johnson has been battling her daughter’s murderer and his father for custody of her grandson. Soon, she may be barred from speaking out about her plight.
Custody Battle Follows Murder
By Anna Bauman, Houston Chronicle
More than five years after a mother of two was brutally murdered by her ex-husband following years of alleged domestic abuse, the father of the convicted killer and the mother of the slain woman remain engaged in a lengthy court battle over custody of their grandson.
The Murderer’s Little Boy
by OLIVIA GENTILE, Texas Observer
Stephanie Johnson had never liked her daughter’s volatile second husband, Shaun Hardy. But she didn’t know how dangerous he was until six weeks after the couple’s 2015 divorce when her daughter messaged to say he’d just beaten and strangled her. “I thought he was going to kill me,” Anne-Christine Johnson, 29, wrote in a Facebook message just after dawn on June 16.
‘Anne-Christine Can Rest Easy Now’
by Olivia Gentile, THE GRANDPARENT EFFECT
For three years, Shaun Hardy vigorously contested the charges that he stabbed and suffocated his ex-wife, Anne-Christine Johnson, then left her body to rot in his garage. But on Monday, in a courtroom packed with Johnson’s family and friends, Hardy admitted his guilt in return for a lighter sentence than he may have received at trial.
League City Man Sentenced to 30 Years for Murdering Ex-Wife in 2016, Putting Her Body in Garage
Courtesy of KPRC Click2Houston
Shaun Hardy, 35, was sentenced to 30 years in prison for the murder of Anne-Christine Johnson. He was also sentenced to 20 years for tampering with a corpse, as part of a plea agreement. VIDEO
Man Sentenced to 30 Years for Murdering His Ex-Wife and Keeping Her Body in the Garage for Almost a Month
Courtesy of Fox 26 Houston
Shaun Phillip Hardy of League City entered a plea of guilty to the charges of murder and tampering with a corpse related to the death of his ex-wife, Anne-Christine Johnson. Hardy was sentenced to 30 years in prison for murder and 20 years in prison for tampering with a corpse. VIDEO
League City Man Pleads Guilty to Ex-Wife’s Slaying, Sentenced to 30 Years
by Nick Powell, the Houston Chronicle
It was a day Stephanie Johnson had long anticipated: The opportunity to look Shaun Hardy in the face from across a courtroom and list all the ways he ruined her life on that fateful day in December of 2016 when her daughter, Anne-Christine, was found wrapped in dark plastic and duct tape in his garage.
Hardy in Court Papers Admits to Police He Killed His Former Wife
By VALERIE WELLS The Daily News, Jan 3, 2017
Shaun Philip Hardy, 32, and his 5-year-old son lived for most of December while the boy’s mother, clad in Christmas pajamas and wrapped in plastic and duct tape, lay dead in the garage of their suburban home on Chesterfield Lane, court documents released Tuesday revealed.
Hardy Trial Put On Hold As DA’s Office Files Appeal
By MATT DEGROOD | Oct 26, 2018 | Galveston Daily News
The case against a League City man accused of killing his former wife is headed to an appeals court after a district judge ruled a recorded statement the accused gave police was inadmissible at trial.
The trial of Shaun Philip Hardy, 34, on one count of murder and another of tampering with his ex-wife’s body was set to begin Oct. 15 but now could be delayed for as long as a year.
Hardy is charged with murder in the death of Anne-Christine Johnson. League City police arrested Hardy on Dec. 30, 2016, after finding Johnson’s body wrapped in plastic sheets in his garage.
Murder Trial of League City Man Delayed by Appeals
By BRYAN Kirk, Patch Staff, Oct. 17, The trial of a League City man who is accused of killing his ex-wife in December 2016 has been delayed, officials said. Defense attorneys for accused killer Shaun Hardy filed a motion on Oct. 5 to suppress a recorded statement made...
Trial Delayed in Murder of Anne-Christine Johnson
by IVORY HECKER, FOX 26 TV The jury trial in the murder of Anne-Christine Johnson of League City was supposed to start this week. Almost two years after her ex-husband Shaun Hardy was accused of murdering her, the trial has been delayed. It was in early January 2017...
“It’s been like dying and going to heaven”
by Olivia Gentile, TheGrandparenteffect.com Earlier this year, I published a long story about a grandmother in Houston, Stephanie Johnson, who had lost access to her grandson after her daughter was murdered and who was fighting in court to be reunited with him. Here’s...
She Lost Her Daughter to Murder. Will Her Grandson Be Taken From Her, Too?
by OLIVIA GENTILE, TheGrandparenteffect.com The moment she was told that her daughter was missing, Stephanie Johnson was sure she was dead. More than a year had passed since Anne-Christine Johnson, 30, a petite, green-eyed waitress who lived in League City, Texas, had...
The Stories that Rocked Houston’s Suburbs in 2017
by Dana Burke, Houston Chronicle Although Hurricane Harvey was the story of the year across the Houston area, these non-hurricane headlines thrust Houston neighborhood news into the national spotlight throughout 2017. There were bizarre murder plots, shocking cases of...
Grandmother Fights for Visitation After League City Woman’s Grisly Slaying
by Keri Blakinger, Houston Chronicle When her daughter's ex-husband admitted to the brutal Christmastime slaying that shook League City, Stephanie Lieber Johnson thought it would help bring closure. Instead, almost a year later she's fighting the accused killer's...
Church Shooting Again Puts Spotlight on Domestic Violence
The mass shooting in Sutherland Springs last week left America shocked, searching for a cause, something to explain the brazen slaughter of 26 people as they prayed.
They wondered what could have possessed Devin Patrick Kelley, the 26-year-old disgraced airman identified as the shooter, to act with such cruelty.
One factor that surfaced early in the investigation – a chaotic past of domestic abuse and violence – has proved all too common in Texas in recent years.
Lawyers: Police Didn’t Let Accused Killer Make Call
By VALERIE WELLS, The Daily News, Galveston Lawyers for a League City man accused of murdering his former wife want a Galveston County judge to suppress two recorded statements their client gave to police. Shaun Philip Hardy is charged with the murder of...
They Walked A Mile in Her Shoes
photo by STUART VILLANUEVA/The Daily News by Valerie Wells The Galveston Daily News was on hand for Thursday's "Walk A Mile in Her Shoes" event on Seawall Blvd. in Galveston to bring attention to domestic violence. Anne-Christine's mother, Stephanie Johnson, brought...
League City man accused in ex-wife’s grisly slaying released on $1 million bond
The League City man who confessed to killing his ex-wife and stashing her body in the garage was released Monday afternoon on $1 million bond, according to online records.
Shaun Hardy admitted to killing Anne-Christine Johnson last December in a grisly slaying he described in detail for police during a recorded interview weeks after.
Man who ‘confessed to killing his ex-wife and stashing her body in the garage’ is RELEASED on $1 million bond – and her family is ‘scared to death’
The mother-of-two's body was found in Hardy's home three weeks after she went missing in December last year. She had been wrapped in plastic after suffering stab wounds to her chest. By EMILY CRANE FOR DAILYMAIL.COM, Thursday, Aug. 15, 2017 Shaun Hardy, 32, has been...
Home Where Grisly League City Murder Took Place Sold
HOUSTON CHRONICLE by Keri Blakinger, Thursday, April 6, 2017 The League City home that was the scene of a grisly discovery last year has been sold, according to property records. The body of 30-year-old Anne-Christine Johnson was found in December in the garage of a...
Bond Still $1 Million for Accused Killer
A judge Tuesday declined to reduce the $1 million bond keeping accused killer Shaun Philip Hardy in jail, despite testimony from a string of defense witnesses.
Judge Patricia Grady of the 212th District Court ruled the bond would remain at $500,000 on a charge of murder in the death of Anne-Christine Johnson and $500,000 on a charge of tampering with her body. Both charges are first-degree felonies.
Johnson, who was Hardy’s former wife, was found slain Dec. 30 in the garage of Hardy’s suburban home.
Renowned Houston attorney Dick DeGuerin, who leads Hardy’s defense team, had asked that bonds be reduced to $150,000 for each charge, $300,000 total.
Slain League City Mom One of Many Family Violence Victims
Anne-Christine Johnson kept ties to ex-husband to be around her son By Harvey Rice Jan. 15, 2017 Updated: Jan. 16, 2017 8:47am GALVESTON - In the summer of 2015, Anne-Christine Johnson accused her ex-husband, Shaun Hardy, of pointing a loaded shotgun at her, choking...
PEOPLE MAGAZINE: Texas Woman Allegedly Murdered by Ex-Husband Once Filed Protective Order Because She Feared He’d Kill Her
HARRIET SOKMENSUER, Jan. 05, 2017 Authorities allege a Texas man murdered his ex-wife who had once filed a protective order expressing fear he would kill her, PEOPLE confirms. Shaun Hardy was arrested on Dec. 30 after police executed a search warrant at his home and...