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Update: Man pleads guilty to murdering full-term pregnant girlfriend 

Update posted Sept. 8,

daniel johnson Daniel Johnson will seek life in prison without the possibility of parole, rather than the death penalty

San Luis Obispo County District Attorney Dan Dow announced today that Daniel Raul Rodriguez Johnson, 34, has pleaded guilty to two counts of murder for the killing of Carrington Jane Broussard, 27, and her full-term unborn baby at their rural home in Paso Robles in 2019.

The charges stem from an incident which occurred in the early morning hours of March 3, 2019, involving a high-speed vehicle pursuit through San Luis Obispo County. During that incident, the defendant stole a California Highway Patrol (CHP) vehicle and fled from Highway 46 near Templeton to an area north of San Simeon on Highway 101. After the defendant was apprehended, sheriff’s deputies conducted a welfare check of his known residence near Heritage Ranch in Paso Robles. After arriving at the home, sheriff’s deputies discovered the body of Broussard, who was identified as Johnson’s full-term pregnant girlfriend.

“We are satisfied that the defendant has taken personal responsibility for his unimaginably horrific crimes,” said District Attorney Dan Dow. “Life in prison without the possibility of parole is an appropriate sentence given that he took two innocent lives and assures he will not pose a danger to our community in the future. Our prayers are with the family and friends of Carrington as we complete this stage of the criminal and victim justice process.”

The decision in this case to seek life in prison without the possibility of parole, rather than the death penalty, was made after careful consideration of all facts related to the case and the background of the defendant. Additionally, the District Attorney consulted with surviving family members of the victims and the involved law enforcement agencies. The District Attorney also met with the assigned defense counsel, who provided relevant background on the defendant for consideration.

Sentencing is scheduled for Jan. 19, 2022, in Department 5 of the San Luis Obispo County Superior Court, the Honorable Craig van Rooyen presiding.

The case was investigated by the California Highway Patrol and the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office with the assistance of the District Attorney’s Bureau of Investigation. The case was prosecuted by Deputy District Attorneys Megan Baltierra and Michael Frye.

 


Original story posted Feb. 23, 2021

North County man to be tried for murder of full-term pregnant girlfriend

Daniel Raul Rodriguez Johnson, 31, Paso Robles.

–Last Thursday, San Luis Obispo County Superior Court Judge Craig Van Rooyen ruled there was sufficient evidence for 33-year-old Daniel Raul Rodriguez Johnson to stand trial for two counts of murder, carjacking, evading a peace officer, theft of a law enforcement vehicle, resisting arrest, and exhibiting a deadly weapon.

The charges stem from an incident that occurred in the early morning hours of March 3, 2019, involving a vehicle pursuit through San Luis Obispo County. During that incident, the defendant carjacked a CHP vehicle and fled from Highway 46 near Templeton to an area north of San Simeon on Highway 101. After the defendant was apprehended, San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Deputies conducted a welfare check of his known residence near Heritage Ranch in Paso Robles. After arriving at the home, deputies discovered the body of Carrington Broussard (27) who was identified as Johnson’s full-term pregnant girlfriend.

Johnson is charged with the murder of Broussard and her full-term unborn child that was scheduled for c-section delivery the next day. If convicted of the murder charges and the special allegation of multiple murder victims, Johnson faces life in prison without the possibility of parole.

The matter is next scheduled for an arraignment on the information, March 8, 2021, at 8:30 a.m. in Department 5 of the San Luis Obispo Superior Court.

The case was investigated by the California Highway Patrol and the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office and is being prosecuted by deputy district attorneys Megan Baltierra and Michael Frye.

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