Shooting Victim Testifies During Punishment Phase of Johnson Trial


The owner of a Wichita Falls gun shop, who was shot multiple times in a robbery, took the stand today in the punishment phase of Charles Johnson's trial.

Johnson decided to plead guilty this morning after the jury had already been seated. So, that jury will now only be deciding his punishment.

Darrell Franklin joins us with more of today's testimony. Johnson's court appointed attorney Stephen Bjordammen asked jurors to consider Johnson's difficult upbringing and that he only a taser during the robbery, not a gun.

Also, he asked the jury to consider punishment on the lower end of the 5-99 years Johnson faces. Statements and testimony from attorneys and Barlow paint this picture of the events that day in November 2015.

Barlow said one black male entered the store and went to the back and looked around for a while before leaving.He says he had a bad feeling so he got his handgun out and placed it nearby on the counter. At that point, everything began happening quickly he said two men came in and one came directly to the counter pointing a taser at him.

Barlow testified he fired his gun once at that man and the man fell and did not move.

He said the other man began firing at Barlow directly across the counter and Barlow was hit 5 times. Barlow said he fired back and emptied his gun then fell down.

He says the gunman left but came back in,  said something, apparently to the man on the floor, grabbed a rifle and left. Barlow then got up and walked to the subway restaurant next door but saw no one inside because the employee and customers ran to the back when they heard shots and saw debris falling from the walls.

So, he walked to the store on the other side of his shop where people there tried to help him inside but he told them he did not want to get blood on their floor and sat outside in a chair waiting on an ambulance. Barlow and his wife testified it took two months to recover and they suffered financial and mental hardship from the event.

Police say Johnson told them he was just a customer in the store but his attorney told jurors he later admitted his involvement. The co-defendant, Rodney Robinson, turned himself in a few days later and according to police, admitted he fired shots at Barlow after Barlow began firing at Johnson.

Late Tuesday afternoon, a detective testified about interviews with Johnson while he was in the hospital.

He testified Johnson said the two planned the robbery for two weeks, and intended to subdue the owner and take guns because he needed  to pay off people and then get out of town.

The state rested its case Tuesday afternoon.

Defense testimony will pick up Wednesday at 9 am.

 


More Stories

Don't Miss

  • Home For The Holidays
    Copyright 2017 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.
  • Live Stream
  • Texoma Pros
  • Buy Local Texoma
    Copyright 2017 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.
  • Home Network
    Copyright 2017 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Trending Stories

Latest News

  • Texoma's Home Page

  • KFDX 3 Weather

  • KFDX 3 Sports

  • TexomasHomepage.com,
    KFDX, KJTL, & KJBO

  • KFDX 3 Weather

  • KFDX 3 News

    Instagram
  • TexomasHomepage Mobile App