Duante Johnson trial in Nevaeh Adams, Sharee Bradley death day 3

Daunte Johnson has been charged in the murder of Sharee Bradley, a former girlfriend, and her five-year-old daughter Nevaeh Adams.

SUMTER, SC – Day three of testimony in the Daunte Johnson trial began in Sumter Thursday.

Johnson is charged with killing Sharee Bradley, a former girlfriend, and her five-year-old daughter Nevaeh Adams.

During opening statements, Third Circuit Solicitor Ernest “Chip” Finney began laying out the state’s case against Johnson saying he was armed with a “large folding knife” and insulted Bradley hours before his death.

Then, on the second day of testimony, investigators said Johnson confessed to killing both of them and putting the child in a nearby dumpster.

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But Johnson’s attorneys say he is innocent and the state will not be able to prove beyond his case a reasonable doubt.

Public Defender Elizabeth Neyle questioned investigators Wednesday on his testimony, asking why Johnson’s alleged confession was not recorded when he was brought into custody.

Investigators said the recording was not a necessary part of the policy at the time.

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Johnson was back in the courtroom Thursday after choosing not to appear the day before.

Among those to speak Thursday was Lee Reed with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

He described in detail the search process to find Adams at the Richland County landfill after investigators say Johnson confessed to wrapping the child up and putting her in a dumpster near Bradley’s apartment.

While landfill searches are complex, Reed said he felt investigators had enough information to justify going forward.

Charles Banghart was the search project manager.

He said tracking technology helped identify the dumpster, believed to be carrying Adams, was picked up. Then, the multi-agency search began at the landfill.

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Dr. William “Bill” Stevens with the Richland County Coroner’s Office testified as an expert in forensic anthropology. His office helped analyze the bones found at the landfill and said DNA evidence matched them to Adams.

Neyle questioned why examiners didn’t find markings on Adams’ remains after prosecutors alleged she was stabbed. But, in the follow-up questioning from the prosecution, Stevens said he would not have found the cut marks if he had been stabbed in other areas.

“If the young lady had her injuries above her waist, you would have been looking for an analysis of that area. Is that correct ?, Solicitor Finney asked.

“That’s right,” Dr. Stevens replied. “We only had a portion of the skull and the legs.”

The trial is expected to continue through the week. Check back for updates.

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