22-year-old man gets life for killing pregnant girlfriend in Fort Worth

05/05/2014 1:33 PM

05/05/2014 1:34 PM

A 22-year-old homeless man has been sentenced to life in prison for stabbing his pregnant girlfriend to death nearly two years ago.

A Tarrant County jury sentenced Johnny Calvin Scott to life in prison without parole Friday in state District Judge George Gallagher’s court. Scott was accused of cutting the throat of his girlfriend, Vanessa Murrell.

Scott, 22, received the automatic life without parole sentence after prosecutors waived the death penalty.

Scott and Murrell were arguing Aug. 19, 2012, in a vacant lot in the 3200 block of Thannisch Avenue in east Fort Worth.

The argument escalated and Scott stabbed and cut the throat of Murrell, 22, who was about 14 weeks pregnant. Her unborn son died from blood loss, according to Fort Worth police.

A passerby driving on nearby Collard Street spotted Murrell, who was pronounced dead at the scene.

Scott was arrested on unrelated crimes several hours later and was eventually connected to Murrell’s homicide, and admitted cutting Murrell with a box cutter, according to a news release from the Tarrant Couny district attorney’s office.

“Never let it be said that the Tarrant County district attorney’s office doesn’t represent the rights of the unborn,” said David Hagerman, who prosecuted the case along with Jacob Mitchell. “We tried this case both for Vanessa Murrell and Baby Murrell, and justice was served.”

This report includes material from Star-Telegram archives

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