Geismar man indicted for first degree murder and violation of a protective order

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen
David Johnson.

GONZALES - On Oct. 9, just after noon, an Ascension Parish Grand Jury indicted David Johnson of Geismar, on charges of First Degree Murder and Violation of a Protective Order.

     According to Assistant District Attorney Shawn R. Bush, David Johnson, 38, strangled and beat his estranged wife, Monica Johnson, to death with a baseball bat outside of their Geismar home. At the time of her death, a temporary restraining order was in place against David Johnson until August 24, 2015, the same date a hearing would have been held in that matter. The same order gave Monica Johnson use of the couple’s home and prohibited David Johnson from coming to the home. 

     According to Bush, the couple’s minor child and Monica Johnson’s older child from a previous marriage were present and witnessed the savage beating. 

     Bush said he was happy with the Grand Jury decision.

     “I couldn’t be more pleased,” he said. “What David Johnson did to Monica was the worst crime I’ve endured in my career, and my heart goes out to this family, especially Monica’s children. I look forward to moving this case forward through its conclusion.”

     Bush also said that at this point, the case is moving forward as a capital case.

     David Johnson is being held without bond at the Ascension Parish Jail and will be arraigned on these charges in the near future.