Corrick Johnson has lost his recent appeal of his malice murder conviction, for the 2007 murder of a 23 year old Preston woman. He was sentenced to life in prison.
The Supreme Court did throw out his aggravated assault conviction for sentencing purposes, as state law prohibits a defendant from being convicted of more than one crime if one crime is included in another.
Johnson killed Latresh S. Brown inside the Budget Inn in Dawson in June of 2007. They say he and some friends went to a party. When they returned, Johnson and the 23 year old woman got into a fight in his hotel room.
Police say he used a beer bottle to beat the woman several times, which ultimately killed her.
"Somebody walked into the station and reported it, and then we followed up on it. The investigation is ongoing at this time," said Police Chief Charlie Whitehead, in 2007.
News of the murder traveled quickly in Dawson Saturday. The owner of Budget Inn says the motel is usually quiet, and he's surprised something like this happened there. Other business owners in that area are also stunned.
"We got a quiet neighborhood in the back. We never have a problem so its something out of the ordinary," says motel owner Kunal Bramhecha. "I was asleep around 6:00 or 6:30, and one of the officers came in asking information for room 114."
It startled the Bramhecha, because there were no signs of forced entry. "I know its not like someone was trying to break in or anything because nothing's damaged. As far as all the doors and locks and windows goes, everything is fine," he says.
That's because the victim willingly entered 26 year old Corrick Johnson's room, not knowing she would become a murder victim.
"It's getting too close to home," says Ralph Stanford, who owns Peachy Clean car wash just down the road from the crime scene.
He says everyone was talking about what happened. It made him call police only to find out the news was true. "Don't make me feel too good," he says.
Johnson has a criminal history dating back to when he was 16 years old. He's been in jail several times since 1997 booked on a variety of charges including aggravated assault, child molestation, and driving under the influence.