Thompson indicted in 2008 murder of Hank Alan Johnson

Hank Alan Johnson  March 26, 1981 - July 21, 2008


Trae Deandre Thompson, 27-year-old resident of Hearne, was indicted on Tuesday, May 14 by the Robertson County Grand Jury. Thompson is currently serving a prison term for an unrelated offense and will be formally charged with Johnson’s murder in July when he is released.

Investigator for the DA’s office, Detective Grace, confirmed that Thompson has been a person of interest in the case since the initial investigation when Thompson was found to be in possession of the guitars stolen from Johnson’s room the night of the assault.

Sandi Johnson, mother of Hank Johnson and legal guardian of his two children now aged 15 and 9, has been actively involved in her son’s case since the beginning. “I am just so grateful to the DA’s office and Coty Siegert for pursuing Hank’s case,” said Johnson. “It’s been five long years since we lost Hank and it has taken quite a toll on our family.“  Johnson’s son, now 15, remarked to Sandi Johnson when they received the news that, “I knew that someone would step up for dad. I just knew it.”

Siegert would not comment on specific evidence, but did confirm that there is at least one other person of interest in the case and that further indictments may be coming soon. Siegert said, “It was just time to take care of this situation. The Johnson family deserves their day in court and we are satisfied that we can help facilitate that for the Johnson family.”

In July of 2008, Hank Johnson was severely beaten and left for dead at the Executive Inn on Highway 6 in Hearne. Johnson died 11 days later at St. Joseph’s hospital from injuries sustained during the beating.


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