Thomas Johnson a former Texas A&M player was found guilty of murder Tuesday after he used a machete to kill a jogger in 2015.
A jury took less than 30 minutes to find Thomas Johnson, 25, guilty of murdering 53-year-old Dave Stevens with a machete in Dallas, WFAA 8 reported.
The former receiver decided not to testify in his defense and said he was mentally ill at the time of the murder. However, he made sure to clarify he was not insane.
Thomas’ defense attorney originally wanted to use an insanity defense, citing his history of mental illness and that he was diagnosed with schizophrenia. That defense would also mean Thomas allegedly didn’t know right from wrong, which would mean he wasn’t responsible for his actions.
In October 2015, Stevens jogged on the White Rock Trail when Johnson came out and started attacking him. He then found a park employee and asked to use his cell phone to call police to report the murder.
Johnson was diagnosed with schizophrenia in 2014, two years after he went missing during his freshman year at Texas A&M during the football season, after the Aggies defeated Alabama on the road.
Johnson was found in Dallas, 170 miles away from College Station. He was expected to seek treatment and return to football, but got into more trouble in 2014 when he was charged with evading arrest, burglary of a habitation and auto theft after he broke into his aunt’s house and stole her minivan and money.
Originally a five-star recruit, the running back was committed to Texas before flipping to the Aggies. In his lone season with Texas A&M, Johnson caught 30 passes for 339 yards and a touchdown in 10 games in 2012.