Camden County Prosecutor Mary Eva Colalillo and Camden County Metro Police Chief Scott Thomson announce:
On Wednesday, June 24, 2015 a jury convicted Byaer Johnson of First Degree Attempted Murder as well as several other charges relating to the defendant shooting his 11 year old daughter in the face, on January 24, 2013.
This verdict came after the testimony of the young victim, now paralyzed and confined to a wheelchair as a result of the shooting, who confronted her father in open court. During the trial, testimony showed that defendant visited the victim at her mother’s home in Camden on the night of the incident, and while sitting with the victim, her mother, and the victim’s stepfather in the living room, the defendant revealed a handgun and stated, “Allah Akbar. We all must die,” walked toward his daughter, told her to shut up and shot her at close range in the face.
Despite the extensive, life-threatening injuries the victim sustained, she appeared in court, where she told the jury what happened to her on January 24, 2013 and identified her father as the shooter.
Johnson is scheduled to be sentenced on July 31, 2015.
Assistant Prosecutor Rachel Minardi tried this case.
Case Detectives are Sergeant Amy Pisano, Camden County Prosecutor’s Office and Detective Madrid Matthews, Camden County Metro Police Department.