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Judge in kidnapping case might be called to testify about whether prosecutor lied

Families of missing women plead with FWPD to keep searching

Typhenie Johnson and Taalibah Islam disappeared 10 years apart, but they both had connections to Christopher Revill, who was arrested last week on suspicion of kidnapping in Johnson's case. Their families came together at a news conference to ask
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Typhenie Johnson and Taalibah Islam disappeared 10 years apart, but they both had connections to Christopher Revill, who was arrested last week on suspicion of kidnapping in Johnson's case. Their families came together at a news conference to ask

The judge in the Christopher Revill kidnapping case has removed himself from the case in anticipation that he may be called as a witness.

372nd State District Judge Scott Wisch was the subject of a motion filed Nov. 26 that named him as a potential witness in the case involving Revill’s former girlfriend, Typhenie Johnson. The motion, filed by Revill’s defense attorney, Lesa Pamplin, alleged that Tarrant County Assistant District Attorney Arthur Clayton hid the results of a DNA test report from the defense and from the court.

Pamplin said she saw the crime report containing the DNA finding on a laptop computer being used by Clayton on Oct. 1.

Wisch removed himself from the case on Thursday, the same day an order was signed by administrative Judge David Evans moving the case to the 213th district court, according to Tarrant County court records.

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Typhenie Johnson and Christopher Revill

On Nov. 19, Pamplin asked the court to dismiss the kidnapping indictment against Revill, alleging that on at least four occasions Clayton lied to the court saying he did not have a DNA report when in fact he did.

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

The Tarrant County district attorney’s office declined to comment on Wisch’s recusal because the case is pending.

Meanwhile, relatives of Johnson, who was last seen on Oct. 10, 2016, have continued to try to locate her. Johnson disappeared after an argument with Revill and has not been heard from since.

Revill, 35, who was indicted Dec. 14, 2016, in her kidnapping, has been in jail since his arrest Oct. 19, 2016. Authorities allege that Revill played a role in Johnson’s murder, although a body has not yet been found.

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

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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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