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Following are news items related to Anne-Christine’s search, her death, and its aftermath.
Twenty-six crosses have been placed near a ballpark representing the 26 lives lost during a shooting in the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017. Photo: Marie D. De Jesus, Houston Chronicle
By St. John Barned-Smith, John D. Harden, and Keri Blakinger | November 10, 2017 | Houston Chronicle
Attacks show how such crimes aren’t isolated to families.
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.
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 Anne-Christine Johnson, his former wife. League City Police arrested Hardy Dec. 30, 2016, after finding Johnson’s body in his garage. He was charged with murder and with tampering with her body.
Police questioned Hardy after his arrest and recorded two statements from him, one in his backyard and another at the League City Police Department, according to a motion to suppress filed in the Galveston County 212th District Court.
Defense attorneys Dick DeGuerin and Todd Ward want those statements kept out of Hardy’s trial scheduled to start in February.
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 along her murdered daughter’s old, red and navy blue 5-inch heels with white polka dots and stripes, which Anne-Christine wore the last time her mother saw her alive.
“I hate those shoes,” Stephanie said. “I would ask her, ‘Why are you walking all over League City in those tacky shoes? I’ll buy you
The old shoes are about a half size too small for Stephanie Johnson, but she has bigger concerns than blisters and sore feet. Her daughter left behind two sons.
By Keri Blakinger, Houston Chronicle, Monday, August 14, 2017
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
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 home at 617 Chesterfield Ln., League City, TX that just went for between $185,000 and $215,000, according to the Houston Association of Realtors.
The online listing boasts about “luxury upgrades,” a granite island kitchen and a two-car garage. The post makes no mention of the home’s gruesome past.
Shaun Hardy, 32, admitted to killing his ex-wife only after crews hunted for the missing mother for three weeks, combing wooded areas near the home.
By VALERIE WELLS The Galveston Daily News
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.
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 her, striking her with a shotgun barrel, slamming her head into a wall and threatening her with a knife.
He also threatened to use a hypodermic needle to shoot a concoction of drugs into her mouth that would render her unconscious, then drag her into the bathroom and slit her wrists so that it would look like suicide, she alleged in court records.
Johnson broke away and ran out of the apartment, eventually persuading a stranger to drive her to Clear Lake Regional Hospital. Johnson’s mother said the nurses gave her a voucher for a taxi and urged her to leave Galveston County.
But Johnson didn’t leave the county, and she didn’t sever ties with Hardy. And last month, police searching for Johnson found her plastic-wrapped body in her ex-husband’s League City garage surrounded by scented candles. Hardy has been charged with murder and confessed to the brutal slaying, authorities said.
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 garage, where they allegedly found the body of Anne Christine Johnson wrapped in plastic and duct tape with scented candles nearby, according to court documents obtained by PEOPLE.
Johnson, 30, was reported missing by her family on Dec. 12, four days after she went to visit Hardy at his League City home. Johnson failed to show up to work and was never heard from again, KHOU reports.
According to the court documents, Hardy allegedly has a history of abusing his ex-wife.
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