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Following are news items related to Anne-Christine’s search, her death, and its aftermath.
A League City police officer stands at the scene of the crime. Photo by Stuart Villanueva/The Daily News By VALERIE WELLS The Daily News, Jan 3, 2017 WARNING: THIS ARTICLE CONTAINS GRAPHIC DESCRIPTIONS OF VIOLENCE. Shaun Philip Hardy, 32, and his 5-year-old son lived...read more
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.read more
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...read more
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...read more
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...read more
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...read more
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...read more
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...read more
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.read more
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...read more
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...read more
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.read more
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...read more
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...read more
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.read more
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...read more
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...read more
by Harvey Rice, Houston Chronicle GALVESTON – Police showed up at Shaun Hardy's house in League City last week expecting to confiscate his cell phones. Instead, they found the body of his ex-wife moldering in his garage, according to search warrant affidavits made...read more
By Keri Blakinger, January 3, 2017 Victim was still in Christmas pajamas when police recovered corpse Shaun Hardy was arrested after remains were found in his home. When police found the body of slain League City mother Anne-Christine Johnson, she was still wearing...read more
by cw39.com Disturbing details surfaced Tuesday in the death of a mother whose remains were found hidden in the garage of her ex-husband's League City home over the weekend. Family and friends say Anne-Christine Johnson was a battered woman, who suffered multiple...read more
Police Eye Ex-Husband In Anne-Christine Johnson’s Disappearance: The missing mom once told authorities she feared her ex would “hurt me or even kill me.”
by David Lohr, Huffington Post The ex-husband of Anne-Christine Johnson, a Texas woman who has been missing for nearly three weeks, is now being eyed in her disappearance. The League City Police Department told The Huffington Post on Tuesday that 32-year-old Shaun...read more
by Keri Blakinger, Houston Chronicle The two-week-long search for a missing League City mother is continuing against the backdrop of a volatile relationship the 30-year-old waitress had with her ex-husband, according to court documents. Anne-Christine Johnson's...read more
by LAUREN TALARICO, KHOU.com Channel 11 News LEAGUE CITY, Texas - An active search for a young League City woman got underway Thursday morning. Anne-Christine Johnson, 30, was last seen a week ago on Thursday, Dec. 8. Johnson's boss at the League City bar said she...read more