Circuit Judge Sam Pope is expected to hear several defense motions including a change of venue request and a motion to suppress statements John Thomas Brooks allegedly made to police during the investigation.
Johnson’s body was discovered in her home the afternoon of May 3, 2012 after she failed to show up for work at the Chicot County Courthouse. She died of blunt force trauma to her head.
Brooks, the father of Johnson’s granddaughter-in-law, was arrested on June 11 by Chicot County Sheriff Ron Nichols and State Police.
At Brooks’ bond hearing last year, prosecutors presented what they believe to be key DNA evidence showing Brooks’ presence in Johnson’s home at the time of the murder. His DNA was found on a cigarette butt discovered in a toilet at Johnson’s home and both his and Johnson’s DNA was on a pair of gloves discovered near her home, 10th Judicial District Deputy Prosecutor David Cason said in a July 2012 interview.
The May 10 pretrial hearing will be held at the Chicot County Courthouse in Lake Village.