Woman's Death Ruled Homicide

By: Andy Cunningham Email
By: Andy Cunningham Email

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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  • by N Need Of Answers Location: Lexington on Oct 31, 2008 at 06:46 AM
    Ok Eric i can understand where u are coming from but your point does not pertain to this case. I was one of the first people called the day she was killed, the police as well as the family knew something wasnt right but for fear of contaminating the case the didnt want to release any information until all the forensics came back. I am a very close family member and this has been a hard 6 months and the detectives have been doing a very good job at keeping the family up to date. So Eric just because your just finding out what happend, if u seen the crime scene and the physical trauma to her face you would not be screaming foul play on the Police and ME's part. I will agree with you on one part something doesnt seem right about this, but its whatever went on the night she died.
  • by eric Location: corbin on Oct 30, 2008 at 07:08 AM
    Please re-read my comments, I know this is not the same person as the article I linked. I am illustrating potential corruption by the state ME office, where an examiner's ruling can be swayed by Police input. No explanation has been given why this ruling took over 6 months to finalize. Something doesn't seem right about this - and the 'investigative journalists' aren't interested in finding out what that is.
  • by Juallena Location: Washington on Oct 30, 2008 at 05:49 AM
    This is to Eric also. Eric REGINA was my cousin. And the website you put up is about a girl named JESSICA. I'm not trying to be rude but you need to double check your facts before you say something. Thanks
  • by sara Location: danville on Oct 29, 2008 at 03:24 PM
    this is to eric, please know all the information before you say something, this family has been through alot in the last six months and now it's going to get worse the police department has been very understanding and doing a great job they just need something that will completely break the case. I know what has been going on because i am a family member, you don't know anything till something like this happens to you
  • by eric Location: corbin on Oct 29, 2008 at 07:42 AM
    Well, according to this article: http://www.sentinel-echo.com/local/local_story_324200758.html - the state Medical Examiner changed this particular young woman's cause of death based on what Police told her about their investigation, and not on medical evidence. Could this be a case of police wanting to vitalize their severely stalled investigation by influencing the ME to report the death a homicide? Wouldn't surprise me in the least...
  • by McKee Location: McKee on Oct 29, 2008 at 05:32 AM
    Sounds like the daughter knows more than she should if she just found out it was a homicide.
  • by Puzzled Location: KY on Oct 28, 2008 at 05:54 PM
    Latest, yet it happened in April....Why did it take so long? Was the autopsy postponed?
  • by Cindy Location: Lex on Oct 28, 2008 at 04:01 PM
    Why did it take so long for this to be announced? Shouldn't the coroner's report been conducted months ago?
  • by faith settles Location: washington co ky on Oct 28, 2008 at 03:21 PM
    this story is about my cousin, this has been a long six months, just wanting to know what happen to her. Please don't let this story drop from your channel we need all the help we can get to get to the answers we need

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