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Judge asked to step down in Fort Worth kidnapping case may testify against prosecutor

The search for Typhenie Johnson continues in Fort Worth

Police continued to search for the missing woman in the Sandy Lane Park area of east Fort Worth.
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Police continued to search for the missing woman in the Sandy Lane Park area of east Fort Worth.

The judge in the Typhenie Johnson kidnapping case has been asked to step down because a defense attorney argued that she may need him to testify.

A motion filed Monday stated that State District Judge Scott Wisch is a witness in an upcoming hearing to determine whether a prosecutor hid a DNA report and lied to the court about its availability.

Christopher Revill’s attorney, Lesa Pamplin, filed a motion Nov. 19 asking the court to dismiss a kidnapping indictment against Revill. In that motion, Pamplin alleged that Tarrant County prosecutor Arthur Clayton lied to the court on at least four occasions, saying he did not have a DNA report when in fact had received one.

Clayton allegedly kept up this ruse for about a year, according to the motion.

Johnson was last seen on Oct. 10, 2016, outside her apartment in far east Fort Worth after a breakup with a boyfriend.

Johnson’s boyfriend, Christopher Revill, 35, of Fort Worth, has been in the Tarrant County Jail awaiting trial on the kidnapping charge since October 2016.

Revill has also been implicated in the disappearance of another young woman, Taalibah Islam, who was reported missing by him in January 2006.

The motion filed today asked that Judge Wisch remove himself from presiding over the case and that a hearing to consider the allegations be scheduled on Dec. 11. The motion also asks that a new judge be chosen to preside over the case.

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Mitch Mitchell is an award-winning reporter covering courts and crime for the Star-Telegram. Additionally, Mitch’s past coverage on municipal government, healthcare and social services beats allow him to bring experience and context to the stories he writes.
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