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Former Texas football standout guilty to killing jogger with machete

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A former Texas football standout was found guilty of killing a jogger with a machete in 2015.

The jury included Thomas Johnson ‘ s decision in less than 30 minutes on a Tuesday, the Dallas Morning News reported. He had already confessed to the murder in October 2015.

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Johnson, who played at Skyline high School and played one season at Texas A&M, confessed five years ago for the killing of Dave Stevens along White Rock Creek Trail in East Dallas. He cried out to the authorities moments after the murder and that DNA evidence also pointed to his guilt, prosecutors said Monday.

This file photo provided by the Dallas County Sheriff’s Office shows Thomas Johnson. (Dallas County Sheriff’s Office via AP)

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“He is dead. There was a sword in his head. Do you understand?” a recording of Johnson’s phone call to the police said, according to the Dallas Morning News.

A Dallas County Medical Examiner’s office official said no one could have survived the wounds, according to CBS-Dallas-Fort Worth.

Johnson was originally found incompetent to stand trial in 2016, and he was determined to be in a psychiatric hospital. He was then found suitable for the test in June 2018, following a report on his mental condition from the hospital, according to court records.

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The trial entered the sentencing phase, after the verdict was read.

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