11 December 2010
Attorneys wrestled over confession, police techniques

The News Virginian

STAUNTON -- Without the teen mother’s videotaped confession, the case of an infant’s death might never have reached a courtroom, said attorneys on both sides of the aisle after a two-day murder trial concluded with a conviction Friday.

A Staunton jury found Ashkea Pavielle Johnson, 18, of Staunton, guilty in the premeditated suffocation of daughter Rosaleeia M. Johnson.

Stony-faced throughout most of the two-day trial, Johnson broke when a jury of eight women and four men found her guilty of first-degree murder and attempted murder in the second degree.

She closed her eyes as jurors stated their votes and silently shed tiny tears until one of her attorneys reached for tissues.

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