The trial of the Lake Village man charged in the beating death of former Chicot County Tax Collector Nell Johnson has been set. Jury selection is scheduled for the first week in December.
John Thomas Brooks, who is charged with capital murder, aggravated residential burglary and aggravated robbery in the May 2012 death of the 73-year-old Chicot County Tax Collector, recently filed about a half dozen motions, including a motion for a continuance due to incomplete preparation by his expert witnesses.
Circuit Judge Sam Pope denied Brooks’ request for a continuance.
Meanwhile, the prosecution is awaiting additional lab results in its preparation for trial.
Tenth Judicial District Prosecutor Thomas Deen said he requested a State Crime Lab test on tool marks in connection with evidence recovered during the investigation.
Johnson’s body was discovered in her home 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, 2012, five weeks after Johnson’s body was discovered.
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.