They thought he was a nice guy

It started as a Sunday drive, Johnny Thomas, his wife LaTonya (Tonya), and her 12 year old son, "Chuckie".

 While on the drive Johnny suggested they go for a picnic. When Tonya refused, Johnny began driving fast and recklessly to a dirt road. There he told Chucky to get out and walk down the road. He ordered Tonya to take her shirt off and he poured a liquid, thought to be window washing liquid, down her front. Then he proceeded to beat her with a tire iron.

Subsequently, she ended up at a local hospital for treatment of her cuts and bruises and a discoloration on her chest. Police were called and a report filed. Tonya filed for and was granted a protection order, but police were unable to locate Johnny to serve hiim with the order.

Tonya began staying with her mother. On April 11, Tonya, her son Chucky, her mother Juanita McKay and a family friend and cousin Larry Wayne Corbitt, 53, went to the home to gather clothing and change the locks.

Johnny arrived at the home, and shot through the front door. When he was unable to gain entry, he went to another door and shot it. Altogether about 4 shots were fired, and Larry Corbitt was dead. Juanita McKay was shot in the arm and Chucky was hit in the buttocks. Johnny left and 911 was called. Both McKay and Chuckie were taken to the hospital, with Chuckie in critical condition.

A manhunt ensued, and police arrested Thomas's ex wife, Keterlean Nicole Jones, 29, was arrested for hindering prosecution. Police say she told several stories and was not cooperative.

Police thought they had resolved the case when Johnny's wallet, a gun and a suicide note were found on a local bridge and divers began a search for the body.

On Sat. night, after two weeks on the run,  Johnny Thomas turned himself in and was arrested and charged with one count of murder and two counts of attempted murder.

Neighbors were shocked at the murder, they had thought Johnny was a nice guy and that the couple got along well in the two years they had been together.

It is not indicated if they were aware that Johnny had a conviction for abuse and sexual torture from July 2004 and December 2005 involving another woman, not Mrs. Thomas.!frontpage

Why was this guy even out of jail?



  1. Harding said,

    April 26, 2006 at 5:08 pm

    That’s a good question. Why a guy with his history is out walking the streets, and has access to firearms… is beyond me.

  2. Soobs said,

    April 26, 2006 at 7:29 pm

    I’m beginning to think that maybe those of us that *aren’t* harmful to others, are the minority. These cases are so sad and senseless. We need “truth” in sentencing. And a LOT longer sentences.

  3. April 26, 2006 at 8:04 pm

    I agree with both of you. I believe the whole sentence determination needs to be reviewed, along with plea deals and sentencing for sex offenders.

  4. Soobs said,

    April 27, 2006 at 12:03 am

    Plea deals drive me crazy. I can see how they’d be useful, but they aren’t even CLOSE sometimes, to the actual crime!

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