Circuit Judge Sam Pope previously denied John Thomas Brooks’ motion for a continuance and set his trial for the first week in December. However, Brooks refiled the motion, providing affidavits from mental health professionals who substantiated the need for more time for evaluation and record-gathering.
Pope granted Brooks’ latest motion for a continuance and reset the trial for June 2-10.
Brooks, 50, of Lake Village, is charged with capital murder, aggravated residential burglary, and aggravated robbery.
If convicted, Brooks faces a possible death sentence.
Tenth Judicial District Prosecutor Thomas Deen said he intends to seek the death penalty.
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, Deputy Prosecutor David Cason said in a July 2012 interview.
Johnson, who died of blunt force trauma to her head, was found in her home the afternoon of May 3, 2012 after the 73-year-old tax collector failed to show up for work.
Brooks, the father of Johnson’s granddaughter-in-law, was arrested on June 11.
He is being held without bond in the Ashley County jail.