Mother of shooting victim kicked man accused of killing her daughter

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The man accused of killing a 33-year-old mother of two was repeatedly kicked by the woman’s wounded mother while he was being handcuffed, the arresting officer testified on Wednesday.

Eugene Esters, 48, is on trial in the fatal shooting Jennifer Johnson, a woman he had lived with for more than six years, according to witness testimony. Esters is also accused of shooting Della Johnson, the victim’s mother, once in the chest. If Esters is convicted of murder, he faces a maximum 99-years in prison.

Emelia Howard, a Fort Worth police officer, testified she came upon a chaotic scene when she arrived at the La Plaza apartment complex parking lot off Woodhaven Boulevard where the shootings occurred on Dec. 5, 2011.

Howard testified she ordered Esters to the ground but remained cautious even though the suspect complied with her orders. She said Esters was holding a black Bible in his right hand when she confronted him.

Esters was wearing a thick jacket, maybe two, and Howard was only able to cuff one of his wrists before Della Johnson came toward her wearing a blood-stained white sweater, the police officer told the jury. Della Johnson said Esters shot her daughter, Howard testified.

“He’s shot my baby and she’s probably dead,” Della Johnson told Howard.

Howard said she was bent down cuffing Esters’ other wrist when Della Johnson approached and began to kick Esters repeatedly. Esters asked the officer if she was going to continue letting the 53-year-old gunshot victim continue to kick him, Howard said.

Howard told the jury that she cuffed Esters and got him safely to the back seat of her police cruiser. By that time, other police officers and paramedics were beginning to arrive at the crime scene and paramedics began working on Della Johnson’s wound, Howard said.

Chris Johnson, a cornerback with the Superbowl champion Baltimore Ravens, is the brother of Jennifer Johnson and son of Della Johnson. Chris Johnson, his wife and mother have been at the trial since Monday, when Esters rejected a plea agreement that would have meant a 55-year prison sentence and parole eligibility after he served half of that sentence.

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