Judge Denies Bail for Mother Accused of Murdering Husband and Daughter

Fellow students mourn slain teenager. PHOTO: Kristina Davis / San Diego Union-Tribune

A San Diego County judge declined bail for Regina Johnson, the West Hills mother accused of shooting and killing her husband and teenage daughter. Reuben Johnson, 56, and Aaliyah Johnson, 14, were found last week after a family member reported a possible homicide to the police.

According to Deputy District Attorney Claudine Ruiz, both victims were “found shot in the head, and Reuben Johnson also had a gunshot wound to the torso. Aaliyah was found face down on the floor of her room with a gunshot wound to the head.

Regina is charged with two counts of murder, and each count includes the personal use of a gun to kill. The judge did not set bail, which prosecutors asked for due to her potential as a serious danger to the community and a potential risk of fleeing. If found guilty, she could receive 50 years to life for each victim.” Santee Patch, 6 June 2012.

No known motive has been released in the murders. Regina had no previous criminal record, but had recently been laid off from her job.