Returning to the courtroom after the final afternoon break in the trial, Judge Debra Jones remarked that the pile of boxes filled with brown evidence bags on the floor “looked like a fire hazard.”
Among the evidence the prosecution team entered into court was clothing, tissues, bank receipts, photographs of footprints from crime scenes, a glass pitcher, a Snickers candy bar wrapper and a damaged Toshiba laptop computer found by police in a sewage drain on the corner of 23rd Street and McCoy Avenue.
Johnson faces 27 indictments including multiple counts of rape, burglary and kidnapping stemming from several cases in and around Anniston between 2007 and 2009.
The prosecution team called only one victim witness to the stand Friday. In his testimony, Dustin Trammell identified a 9 mm handgun alleged to have been stolen from him sometime in 2007.
“Do you know that man in the blue shirt?” Calhoun County District Attorney Brian McVeigh asked Trammell, pointing to Johnson on the defendant’s bench. “Is there any reason that he should have your gun?”
Trammell answered no to both questions.
Much of the day was taken up by testimony from law enforcement officials who examined the crime scenes and recovered items alleged to have been stolen by the defendant. Investigators and officers from the Anniston Police Department and the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office identified evidence they either collected or sent to labs for DNA testing.
The prosecution Friday presented no forensic evidence linking Johnson to any of the items.
Other key witness testimony Friday came from Robert Henson, the owner of Oxford Jewelry and Pawn. Henson said a few days after Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office contacted him in 2009 about a stolen ring and bracelet, a man came into his shop attempting to sell one of the items.
“As soon as I saw the ring I knew what it was,” Henson said. “It was too much of a coincidence. It happened too soon.”
Henson said he notified the Sheriff’s Office after the man left and identified the vehicle he left in. The information eventually led to Johnson’s arrest in September 2009.
The trial is expected to continue next week and into the following week. More evidence is expected to be entered into court Tuesday when the trial resumes at 8:30 a.m. The courthouse is closed Monday for President’s Day.
Star staff writer Brian Anderson: 256-235-3546. On Twitter @BAnderson_Star.