A Richland Township man accused of strangling and stabbing his girlfriend in March 2015 has been found guilty of first and second degree murder.
Investigators say David Johnson killed Allison Vaughn in their home after she refused to allow him to withdraw money from her bank account to purchase drugs.
This was a non-jury trial. The judge announced his decision just after 2 p.m. Wednesday.
Tribune Democrat reporter Jocelyn Brumbaugh has been providing updates since the trial started last week.
The death penalty face will begin Thursday in Cambria County Court.
Allison Vaughn’s aunt, April Winfred-Daniels, just said through tears that this trial has been the family’s “final goodbye” to her.— Jocelyn Brumbaugh (@JBrumbaughTD) March 15, 2017
Commonwealth argued they have proven Johnson’s intent to kill; aren’t required to prove torture element until after verdict is rendered.— Jocelyn Brumbaugh (@JBrumbaughTD) March 14, 2017
Arguments for sufficiency of evidence just ended; defense asking judge to dismiss 1st degree murder, torture as cause to seek death penalty.— Jocelyn Brumbaugh (@JBrumbaughTD) March 14, 2017
Defense attorneys- Johnson purchased, used crack multiple times before/after murder, telling police, “My drug addiction took over.”— Jocelyn Brumbaugh (@JBrumbaughTD) March 10, 2017
Kahlena Carmichael #MountUnion supports victim Allison Vaughn at trial for man accused in her #murder @JBrumbaughTD https://t.co/BXmjOkt5yi pic.twitter.com/AqmHnaIkc2— Chip Minemyer (@Minemyerchip) March 9, 2017
One officer said Johnson came to the station at 3 a.m., told him “I just killed my girlfriend” and was “high on crack” during the murder.— Jocelyn Brumbaugh (@JBrumbaughTD) March 9, 2017
Defense said case is not about “who done it,” and that Johnson had “diminished capacity” during murder due to consumption of drugs, alcohol.— Jocelyn Brumbaugh (@JBrumbaughTD) March 9, 2017
During opening arguments, prosecutors said Vaughn’s death was planned & asked judge to find Johnson guilty of 1st, 2nd degree murder.— Jocelyn Brumbaugh (@JBrumbaughTD) March 9, 2017
Mid-morning break during the David Johnson trial. More than 40 of victim Allison Vaughn’s family and friends are in attendance.— Jocelyn Brumbaugh (@JBrumbaughTD) March 9, 2017