Dexter Johnson, Texas

Updated: Thursday, August 15, 2019  9:16 am EDT

The Fifth US Circuit Court of Appeals has stayed the execution of Dexter Johsnon, less than one day before his scheduled execution. The 5th Circuit stayed the execution based on new claims of intellectual disability and sent the case back to a lower court for reconsideration.

Updated: Wednesday, August 14, 2019  1:26 pm EDT

The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals has rejected a request from Dexter Johnson to halt his execution. In his request to halt his execution, Dexter alleges that he is mentally incompetent, therefore executing him woudl be unconstitutional. He also claims that he had ineffectual counsel during his trial and that a witness presented false testimony. His claims were dismissed. 

Updated: Monday, August 12, 2019  9:10 am EDT

Dexter Darnell Johnson's execution is scheduled to occur at 6 pm CDT, on Thursday, August 15, 2019, at the Walls Unit of the Huntsville State Penitentiary in Huntsville, Texas. Thirty-one-year-old Dexter is convicted of the murder of 23-year-old Maria Aparece and 17-year-old Huy Ngo on June 18, 2006, in Houston, Texas. Dexter has spent the last 11 years of his life on Texas’ death row.


Dexter was born and raised in Texas. He dropped out of school following the ninth grade.

During the early morning hours of June 18, 2006, Dexter Johnson and four of his friends, Ashley Ervin, Louis Ervin, Keithron Fields, and Timothy Randle, were driving around in Ashley’s car, looking for someone to rob. The group discovered Maria Aparece and Huy Ngo siting in Maria’s vehicle on the street.

Johnson took a shot gun and stood outside the driver’s side door, threatening to shoot Maria if she did not cooperate. Johnson demanded she open the door, and when she did, he threw her into the back seat and sat in the driver’s seat. Fields, who was out side the passenger side door, threw Huy into the back seat with Maria, and sat in the front seat on the passenger side. Louis sat in the back. Ashley and Randle followed in Ashely’s car.

Johnson demanded money from Maria and Huy. Eventually, Johnson pulled over into a wooded area and forced Huy from the car. Johnson then raped Maria, while Fields forced Huy to listen and taunted him. Maria and Huy were then marched into the woods, by Johnson and Fields, where they were shot and killed.


Over the next several days, Johnson used Maria’s credit card several times.


On June 21, 2006, Johnson was arrested for possession of marijuana. He was quickly linked by police to the disappearance of Maria and Huy. Police were able to obtain security footage from a Wal-Mart, where Maria’s credit card was used after she went missing.


During his trial, testimony was presented that showed Johnson was the leader of a gang. Johnson is also believed to be connected to several other murders. Following his sentencing, Johnson threw a chair in courtroom, resulting in him being forcibly restrained and escorted out of the courtroom by several sheriff’s deputies.


Ashley Ervin is currently serving a prison sentence and is eligible for parole in 2046. Keithron Fields has been sentenced to life in prison, without the possibility of parole. Timothy Randle is currently serving a 25 years in prison. Louis Ervin was a juvenile at the time of the crime.


Dexter Johnson was previously scheduled to be executed on Thursday, May 2, 2019. That execution was stayed by a Federal court. Dexter wrote to the federal court shortly after being given his May 2, execution date, complaining about his attorney, who has been on his case for years. The court appointed a second legal team to investigate the claims, while allowing the first attorney to remain on the case. The second legal team has now claimed that the first attorney “violated ethical and professional duties throughout his representation.” Based on these concerns, the federal court halted Dexter's execution.  Dexter's first attorney has since voluntarily removed himself from the case.


Please pray for peace and healing for the families of the Maria Aparece and Huy Ngo. Please pray for strength for the family of Dexter Johnson. Please pray that if Dexter is innocent, lacks the competency to be executed or should not be executed for any other reason, that evidence will be presented prior to his execution. Please pray that Dexter will come to find peace through personal relationship with the Lord, if he has not already.


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