Death penalty sought in fiery, fatal attack on Garland clerk

Matthew Johnson

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Garland police arrested Matthew Lee Johnson in connection with the fiery attack on a clerk at a convenience store on May 20. Prosecutors will seek the death penalty.

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Posted on June 25, 2012 at 4:04 PM

Updated Monday, Jun 25 at 4:07 PM

DALLAS — Matthew Lee Johnson, the man accused of setting an elderly Garland convenience store clerk on fire during a robbery last month, will face charges that include the death penalty.

Nancy Harris, 76, died of her injuries five days after the May 20 assault at the Fina Whip-In at the corner of Broadway and Colonel Drive.

She suffered serious burns to her upper torso and face.

Johnson was arrested later the same day.

Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins announced Monday that he will seek the death penalty in connection with the capital murder case.

Johnson, 36, remains jailed at Lew Sterrett Justice Center on a $2 million bond pending trial.

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