Huntsville murder suspect was convicted in 1996 cell phone murder case

Published: Nov. 30, 2016 at 11:49 PM CST|Updated: Dec. 2, 2016 at 3:20 PM CST
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Corey Johnson (Source: Huntsville Police Department)
Corey Johnson (Source: Huntsville Police Department)
Candice Wilson (Source: Family)
Candice Wilson (Source: Family)

HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - A man was charged with murder for the stabbing death of a woman in northwest Huntsville Wednesday night.

Police responded to assist HEMSI with a cutting victim at about 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in the 2600 block of Del Norte Lane. When they arrived, they found Candice Wilson, 42, in a bedroom with multiple stab wounds. She was transported to Huntsville Hospital where she was pronounced dead.

Police took Corey Johnson, 43, into custody at the scene. He was later charged with murder.

Police said Johnson was treated for self-inflicted wounds.

He currently has no bond and remains in jail.

Investigators confirm Johnson and Wilson lived together.

Johnson previously finished serving a 15-year sentence for his connection to a 1996 murder where four people were shot and killed over a stolen cell phone.

Madison County District Attorney Rob Broussard explained why Johnson was out of jail and the other men involved in the previous murder are on death row. He said the other two defendants - Joey Wilson and Nick Aklin - were found guilty of capital murder while Johnson pleaded guilty to felony murder instead.

Wilson's family arrived at the house shortly after she was murdered. When her father, Robert Wilson, walked towards the door, he said he saw Johnson covered in blood, and asked him, "What happened to my daughter?" and all Johnson said was, "I'm sorry."

Robert Wilson said he then walked into the house and found his daughter face down on her bed, covered in blood and not breathing.

Her father said the two were dating and lived at the home on Del Norte Lane.

He described his daughter as a kind and loving person, the type of person who was calm and easy to talk to.

"I'm just devastated. It's so close. I just can't believe it. It makes you kind of scared to know that someone lives so close to you and you don't know anything about it until something like this happens and someone gets killed," said Shirley Catlin, who has lived in the neighborhood for 18 years.

As Johnson sits in jail, Catlin says it's reasons like this one must know their surroundings.

"You could move in and you can be there for a lifetime and nobody ever knows who their next door neighbor is," said Catlin.

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