Ex-CHP officer convicted of murdering husband 

A former California Highway Patrol officer was found guilty on Monday of killing her husband three years ago near a freeway off-ramp.

Jurors convicted Tomiekia Johnson, 32, of first-degree murder. She faces 50 years to life in prison when she's sentenced March 9. The courtroom was cleared after Johnson collapsed and fell under a table following the reading of the verdict. Her condition was not immediately known.

Prosecutors said Johnson shot husband Marcus Lemons in February 2009 once in the head, then drove to her parents' home in Compton with her husband's body in the passenger seat.

Johnson reported the shooting, telling investigators she shot her husband in self-defense after the couple argued and he threatened to kill her and began choking her.

She testified during the trial that she told her husband to get out of the car but he grabbed the keys out of the ignition. A struggle over her purse, which contained a handgun, ensued between the couple and fearing for her life, she shot Lemons, Johnson said.

"I was scared. I didn't want to die," she testified. "When I grabbed it tight, it fired."

Prosecutors argued the shooting was not an accident and called witnesses who said Johnson tended to drink excessively and was aggressive.

Forensic evidence and testimony from criminalists showed that Johnson fired an intentional contact shot, prosecutors said.

Johnson was still a CHP officer at the time of the off-duty shooting.

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