Woman's Death Ruled Homicide

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A woman found strangled in her bed has now become Lexington's latest homicide victim.

On Tuesday, the coroner ruled 44-year-old Regina Renee Johnson's death a homicide.

She was found dead in her Rogers Road home, on the city's northeast side, back in April. She was unresponsive and died about 45 minutes later.

The coroner says she died by manual strangulation.

Johnson's daughter, Adrian Hawkins, told 27 NEWSFIRST from the beginning she believed her mother's death was no accident or from natural causes.

She has always thought someone killed her.

"Because she was healthy, there was nothing wrong with her," she said.

Hawkins says she has her suspicions about who may have killed her mother.

"I believe it may have been my boyfriend at the time. He and my mom were not getting along," she said.

Because this is still an on-going investigation, we decided not to release this person's name.

However, Hawkins believes money may have led to her mother's murder.

"She had money missing from her purse and I think he may have been the one who stole it while she was sleeping. And when she woke up, I think they got into a fight and that's when he killed her," said Hawkins.

So far, police are not releasing any details about possible suspects and are urging anyone with information in this case to give them a call.

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