Tapero Johnson Murders Officer Stephen Williams

Tapero Johnson was sentenced to death by the State of Alabama for the murder of Lt. Stephen Williams.

According to court documents Lt. Stephen Williams. was responding to a domestic disturbance complaint at a local motel when he was fatally shot by Tapero Johnson

Tapero Johnson was arrested, convicted and sentenced to death

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A jury has recommended the death penalty for the man convicted of killing a Moody police officer.

It took a St. Clair County jury just nine days to convict Tapero Johnson of capital murder in the death of Lt. Stephen Williams.

Williams was a 23-year veteran in law enforcement, spending three of those years with the Moody Police Department. He was fatally shot by Johnson in June 2020 while responding to a disturbance at a Super 8 Motel.

The Moody Police Department announced the conviction Thursday, offering thanks to multiple state and local law enforcement agencies, most notably, the St. Clair County District Attorney’s and Sheriff’s offices.

On Friday, the department released a statement announcing the penalty recommendation.

“Today, a jury of his peers returned a verdict of death for Tapero Johnson,” said Moody Police officials. “Though this does not heal all wounds from this tragic loss, it does send a message that justice still prevails in our society.”


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The man convicted in the shooting death of Moody Police Lt. Stephen Williams in 2020 was sentenced to death Wednesday.

Tapero Johnson is one of two suspects in the June 2, 2020, ambush of Williams. Police said the officer was responding to the Super 8 in Moody when he was shot on arrival. Williams was taken to UAB, where he died, and two people were taken into custody.

Johnson and Marquisha Tyson were charged with capital murder. Tyson has a status hearing on Friday in St. Clair County.

Williams was described as a loving father and dedicated police officer.

Just months before his death, Williams made local headlines with a video of him giving treats to an American bulldog named Champ.

Although he was a sergeant at the time of his death, Williams was promoted to lieutenant posthumously by then-Chief Thomas Hunt. Williams spent the last three of his 23 years in law enforcement with the Moody Police Department.

He was named Officer of the Year in 2019.


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