Accused cop killer gives tearful testimony - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Reported by Jason Miles

Accused cop killer gives tearful testimony

Former deputy jailer and accused cop killer Monique Johnson spent more than three hours on the stand Thursday night.

"I thought he was going to beat my ass," Johnson testified.

Johnson described the final confrontation she had with her married boyfriend, Memphis Police officer Tony Hayes.

"Before I could blink he turned back around and that's when I started shooting," said Johnson.

Hayes was hit six times.

"Did you want to kill him?" asked Johnson's attorney as she cried.  "No, I didn't," she answered.

Johnson claimed she shot Hayes to stop him from beating her again.  But she never reported the abuse to police.

"You scratched words in the side of his car, didn't you?" asked a prosecutor during a heated cross-examination.  "Yes ma'am," answered Johnson.

Prosecutors got Johnson to admit some of the things she did to Hayes.  Then, a psychologist testified Johnson was not capable of committing first degree murder.

"She was in a different state of mind at the time," said Dr. Pamela Auble.

She said getting her son to help stuff the body in a trunk, before going to dinner and a movie, was Johnson's way of trying to forget it ever happened.

The trial resumes Friday morning.

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