Murder case re-filed against suspect in 2009 slayings of Bradenton woman, unborn child

June 19, 2013 

MANATEE -- Murder charges have been re- filed against a 31-year-old man for a 2009 home invasion that left a pregnant woman and her child dead, according to the Manatee County Sheriff's Office.

Everrick Houston had originally been charged with murder after the July 12, 2009, shooting at the Desoto Village Apartments, 3810 Fifth St. E.

Crystal Johnson was killed, and her unborn child died later at a St. Petersburg hospital.

Charges against Houston, who was injured during a shootout that ensued after the home invasion, were dropped after a judge ruled that Manatee County Sheriff’s Office deputies illegally took his DNA from his bloodied clothes at Manatee Memorial Hospital.

"Detectives were able to gather additional evidence connecting Houston to the crime scene and he was indicted in April 2013," the release states.

At the time of his first arrest, Houston was facing federal drug charges, for which he was convicted and sentenced to prison, according to the sheriff's office.

He was transported to the Manatee County jail this week to face two murder charges, as well as a charge of armed burglary.

A second defendant in the case, Gregory Kennon, was convicted on two counts of murder in 2012 and sentenced to life in prison.

Bradenton Herald is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Commenting FAQs | Terms of Service