A number of Johnson County crimes also made news in 2019 including the following, which appear in chronological order.
In March, a Cleburne woman allegedly purposely set her house on fire while her children and mother were inside, according to court records. The woman, Ruth Bullard, 44, remains jailed in Johnson County in lieu of $250,000 bond on a charge of arson and three of abandon/ endanger child or elderly victim. A jury trial is set to begin Feb. 3.
Also in March, a Cleburne mom was arrested Wednesday in Tarrant County for attempting to suffocate her 8-month-old baby. Shawna Renae Bieber, 22, is being held at the Tarrant County Jail on two counts of injury to a child with serious bodily injury on no bond.
Jurors in the 413th District Court sentenced Venus resident Phillip Campbell to life in prison in May for the 2017 murder of Alexandria Wright in a Burleson motel.
In September, Mark Anthony Soliz became the sixth Texas death row inmate to be executed, after he was put to death for the 2010 shooting of a 61-year-old grandmother at her Godley home during an eight-day crime spree. A spree that included thefts and another killing.
Keene police in September arrested Johnson County Deputy Constable Daniel Collins in the Cleburne Wal-Mart on charges of assault family violence by impeding breath and assault family violence. Collins allegedly hit and choked his 15-year-old son on several occasions, according to his arrest affidavit. A jury trial is set to begin Jan. 21.
A Johnson County man wanted on charges of super aggravated sexual assault of a child pulled into the parking lot of the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office in August and shot himself in the head. A search for Michael Patrick McGovern, 35, was initiated after McGovern promised to turn himself in but didn’t show, Sheriff Adam King said.
A former deputy with the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office was sentenced to six years in prison on Oct. 7 after pleading guilty to aggravated sexual assault of a child. JCSO detectives in August 2018 were informed by a concerned resident that Toby Bryce Allison, who was 23 at the time, was allegedly engaging in sexual activity with a 13-year-old female.
Jurors in the 413th District Court in November found a Venus man guilty of murder for the shooting death of a Mansfield man. Officers with the Venus Police Department on Oct. 7, 2017, responded at 6:20 a.m. to the 100 block of West 3rd Street to a weapons call. Upon arrival, officers found the suspect, Patrick Hugh Wayman, now 62, outside the residence, and a deceased male inside.
The Keene Police Department in November made an arrest in a case of animal cruelty after an officer in October discovered an abandoned house full of dogs. The dogs were hungry, and appeared to have been abandoned for at least 15 days. The suspect, identified as Roger Jennings, 69, was charged with cruelty to animals.
A Fort Worth was identified as a suspect in the Nov. 6 triple shooting in Burleson. Henry Anthony McKinney, 30, was arrested Nov. 12 by a team of law enforcement agents from Johnson and Tarrant Counties and the Texas Rangers. He is also linked to three other shootings in Fort Worth.