(Casper, Wyo.) - Late on Friday afternoon, June 17, a 12-member jury in Federal Court in Casper found Koby Dean Johnson
guilty of first degree murder, showing that Johnson purposely, maliciously
and with premeditation killed Rachel Noel Johnson.
He was also found guilty of causing her death through use of a firearm.
Both come with a possible penalties of up to life imprisonment, and he is
scheduled to be sentenced on August 26th in Casper.
Under the supervision of Judge Scott Skavdahl, the 12-member jury spent
five of the scheduled eight day trial listening to testimonies from six of
the eight children who had played witness to the acts among other witnesses.
Fremont County Coroner, Erin Ivie spoke to the Jury on Wednesday as well as
an FBI analysis, a DNA forensic analysis throughout the week.
US Attorney Kerry Jacobson addressed the jury during opening statements
and commented: "He (Johnson) hated
her more than he loved them. Koby and Noel had been married for fifteen
years; he was 51, she was 36. Together they had eight children and lived in
Fort Washakie for four years. Noel was working to complete her last
semester of Nursing School at CWC, and the kids have reported that the two
would often times argue, mostly over pills."
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