St. Louis, MO (KSDK) - The Missouri Supreme Court has denied post conviction relief in the death sentence handed down to a man who killed a little girl in Valley Park more than ten years ago.
The high court issued its denial against Johnny Johnson, who was seeking to have the capital punishment sentenced thrown out due to his ineffective representation at trial, as well as evidence he suffered from brain damage due to being abused himself, as a child.
The Supreme Court voted unanimously to deny Johnson the relief he was seeking in the case.
Johnson was convicted by a St. Louis County jury of taking six year old Casey Williamson from a Valley Park home on June 26, 2002.
Evidence at trial showed Johnson carried the child to an abandoned glass factory along the banks of the Meramec River where he tried to rape the little girl, then beat her to death with boulders and stones, before trying to cover her body with debris inside the old factory shell.
Police found and arrested Johnson as he emerged from the river a short time later where authorities say he went to wash off physical evidence of the crime.