Judge says murder trial takes precedence over burglary case

A Richmond County Super­ior Court judge said Friday that the death penalty trial of Kelvin Johnson for a 2009 murder takes precedence over trying him for a 2010 burglary.

Johnson’s attorneys requested a speedy trial and due process for the burglary charge June 4 and asked that it be tried before the murder. Superior Court Judge David Roper denied that motion and compelled the district attorney’s office to proceed with the death penalty case first; that trial is scheduled for August.

Johnson is accused of shooting Tilman Coley “T.C.” Greene in the face Aug. 26, 2009, then killing his wife, Martha Greene, 69. Investigators say he fled the home with a big-screen television and the couple’s Chevrolet pickup. He was indicted Oct. 27, 2009, on charges of murder, aggravated assault, armed robbery and burglary.

 

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