FILE - In this undated file photo provided by the Dallas County Sheriff's Office former shows former Texas A&M football player Thomas Johnson. Johnson, accused of hacking a Dallas jogger to death with a machete in 2015, has been convicted of murder. A Dallas County jury swiftly returned a guilty verdict Tuesday in Johnson's trial in the killing of David Stevens after the former wide receiver's legal defense declined to call a single witness. (Dallas County Sheriff's Office via AP, File)

Ex-Texas A&M football player gets life in prison for murder

May 01, 2019 - 10:48 am

DALLAS (AP) — A former Texas A&M football player has been sentenced to life in prison for the slaying of a Dallas jogger who was hacked to death with a machete in 2015.

A Dallas County jury found Thomas Johnson guilty of murder Tuesday for the seemingly random killing of David Stevens and returned the sentence Wednesday. Johnson was accused of waiting on a trail in East Dallas four years ago and attacking the 53-year-old mechanical engineer as he ran by.

Years of legal dispute focused on whether Johnson was mentally competent to stand trial. The 25-year-old former wide receiver pleaded not guilty but the defense called no witnesses.

Johnson's lawyers asked for leniency saying he was not in his right mind during the attack.

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