Confession video shown during trial of Texas CO killer

Despite first denying he was involved, the inmate later confessed to the killing on tape, prosecutors say


By CorrectionsOne Staff

ABILENE, Texas — A video containing a confession by the inmate accused of killing a Texas correctional officer was shown during the second day of the inmate’s capital murder trial Tuesday, KTAB reported

An interview tape played prior to the confession video showed Dillion Compton, 24, denying involvement in CO Marianne Johnson’s 2016 murder.

Pictured is Dillion Compton. (Photo/TDOC)
Pictured is Dillion Compton. (Photo/TDOC)

Defense attorneys allege Compton, an inmate at the French Robertson Prison Unit in Abilene, had had a sexual relationship with Johnson before her death, the Abilene Reporter reported

Prosecutors then played a video, recorded a few days later, in which Compton confessed to the murder, according to KTAB. 

Marianne Johnson was found in a prison storage room on July 16, 2016 and taken to a local hospital, where she died. Prosecutors say she suffered internal injuries, blunt force trauma and a crushed throat. 

Compton’s defense attorneys alleged that Johnson’s internal injuries were a result of “aggressive” CPR, according to the Abilene Reporter, and that she died after going into cardiac arrest after thinking she and Compton were going to be discovered.

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