What Happened to Johnny Lee Wilson?

In 1987, 20-year-old Johnny Lee Wilson pleaded no contest to murdering an elderly woman and setting her house on fire. He was sentenced to life in prison without parole. His mother insisted that Johnny was innocent and was home with her at the time of the murder.

In September of 1995, he was pardoned by the Governor and released from prison. The Governor had determined that police had “manipulated a weak mind” which led Johnny to confess to the murder of Pauline Martz.

Today Johnny Lee Wilson is 51, and lives in Aurora with his mother. No one else has been charged in the murder of Pauline Martz.

Read more: http://www.news-leader.com/story/news/local/ozarks/2017/04/01/what-happened-aurora-man-who-pardoned-gov-carnahan/99862152/

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    Robert Willoughby

    I am the nephew of Gary Wall he helped wrongly convict a very good man and for that I’m so sorry, my uncle Gary Wall he took his own life he passed away from suicide in November of 2019 I just want to help others so they are not wrongly convicted!


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    2019 and it still says “Murdered her to death” 😛


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    Unsolved mystery: what other than “death” can you be “murdered to?”

    Maybe someone out there knows the answer. Maybe they just have a grammatik.


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    Daniel Cea

    He also won a $615,000 judgement against the police in 2003!


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    Cyndy Cunningham

    I read it several times, also, and laughed everytime….where are the proofreaders???


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    This is the best comments thread ever! I murdered someone once, they survived with minor injuries. Lol that’s the best I have.


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    So glad I wasn’t the only one annoyed by that, “murdered to death”. When I see things like this I want to volunteer to be a proof reader, it detracts from the whole article people.


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    Dan Hill

    I want to be murdered back to life after I die.


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    Right. As opposed to “Murdered her to life?” What kind of alternative is there to Murdered?


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    Really ??? “Murdered her to death”


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