Attorneys for man charged in murder of a local actress argue client isinnocent, suffers from mental illness
January 27 at 8:16 PM
Attorneys for the District man charged in the beating death of a local actress and yoga instructor argued Friday that their client did not commit the brutal killing and that detectives sought to coerce the mentally ill suspect.
Duane Adrian Johnson, 29, is charged with murder in the killing of Tricia Lynn McCauley, who went missing on Christmas Day and was later found dead in the back seat of her white Scion. She had been beaten and strangled, and her legs were bound by a seatbelt, police said.
Police said Johnson, who did not know McCauley, had been spotted driving the car and that he had the keys on him when he was detained.
After Johnson was arrested, according to charging documents, he told police that McCauley offered him a ride. He said he and McCauley had sex and that afterwards she committed suicide by hanging herself with a seatbelt. He then told detectives that he drove around the city with McCauley’s body in the backseat and that he believed she was “sleeping” and would “wake up.”