Johnson led an unremarkable life with no criminal record or hint of violence in his past. Oldford spent scouring the community for evidence, he came upon a second possible reason to kill: an insurance policy Mr. Johnson to join the insurance plan, just as 40 per cent of the province's teachers had. Johnson said he did not even realize until after his wife died that her life was covered. Oldford's investigation was a series of interviews with the two women who cleaned up their dead friend's blood after the tragedy. Oldford showed them gruesome autopsy pictures of Mrs. "An atmosphere of pervasive suspicion is just ripe for creative memories to thrive," Mr. "They came up with a whole new story about the bloodstains." The women's original statements to police made no reference to blood spatters anywhere else in the basement.
The request will be made against the backdrop of a dramatic twist in the fifth estate's involvement in the case.In its broadcast tonight, the program intends to renounce a 1993 episode entitled Getting Away with Murder.Clayton Johnson was convicted in 1993 of first-degree murder in the death of his wife, Janice. 20, 1989, before he went downstairs to beat his wife's head in.At least that was the scenario a jury in Shelburne, N.Steven Truscott has also made a 690 application Sep.
21, 1998: HALIFAX (CP) -- Nova Scotia's Court of Appeal has been asked by the justice minister to decide whether new evidence may be used to hear the appeal of a man convicted of beating his wife to death. Clayton Johnson took care to pack a lunch for each of his daughters and complete his daily Bible reading on Feb.S., accepted four years later when it convicted the 52-year-old industrial-arts teacher of bludgeoning Janice Johnson with an unknown weapon and leaving her for dead.But the verdict has now come into serious question in light of new expert evidence, combined with the improbability of the purported crime. Johnson about to start his sixth year of a life sentence, two U. pathologists have concluded that the forensic assessments that lay at the heart of the case were dead wrong.The death was initially blamed on an accidental fall down the basement steps of the couple's home, where a neighbour found Janice gasping for breath on the morning of Feb. The case was reopened when it was revealed Johnson, a former high school teacher, had taken out a 5,000 insurance policy on his wife and had started dating a 22-year-old he eventually married.Pathologists later re-examined the original ruling and helped bring about his conviction.She was to look after Brittany Malloy the morning of her death. Johnson phoned Robert Molloy, at his wife's request, to ask him to deliver Brittany by 8 a.m. Next-door neighbour Clare Thompson watched the girls clamber aboard and dialled Mrs. Still holding her car keys, she had evidently been preparing to leave the house. Nova Scotia's chief coroner, Roland Perry, had little problem concluding that Mrs. Armed with this new evidence suggesting a struggle, Sgt. Perry, changed his stance in favour of a murder theory. Oldford said in an interview yesterday that he cannot recall whether he gave the reports to Dr. However, the trial soon came to focus on the veracity of local gossip and on Mr. On the key issue of bloodstains, he said that if any existed, they might well have been deposited by the family dog shaking its bloodstained fur or by the ambulance attendants flailing about with their equipment.