Capital Murder Trial: Witness says he kept watch 3-5 times while slain officer, inmate had sex


ABILENE, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) – A witness testified during Day 6 of the Capital Murder Trial of an inmate accused of killing an Abilene correctional officer in 2016, saying he kept watch while the duo engaged in sexual activity several times. 

The Defense began making their argument Thursday by calling inmates to the stand who worked in the kitchen area of the French Robertson Unit and knew the defendant Dillion Gage Compton and/or Officer Marianne Johnson.

Two inmates reported seeing Compton and Johnson together the night she was killed. One said he saw them talking, non-violently, in the bakery area of the kitchen.

Another inmate says he would keep guard for Compton while he and Johnson were intimate on at least three separated occasions, but maybe as many as five different times.

Click here for a recap of what happened during Day 5 of the trial. 

Officer Marianne Johnson was found dead in a storage room in the kitchen of the French Robertson Unit in Abilene in July of 2016.

Her body was handcuffed to a pole and in a state of undress. 

A medical examiner revealed her throat was crushed and she had scratches and bruising all over her body. 

Inmate Dillion Compton was arrested and charged with Capital Murder in the hours after her body was found. He’s now facing the possibility of being put to death if convicted for the crime. 

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