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A teen found guilty of murder in a deadly crime spree in Fort Bend County lunges towards one of the murder victim's family after he was sentenced to death.

Immediately after the verdict was read, 19-year-old Dexter Johnson knocked over a computer monitor on the defense table and he lunged toward the victim's family.

Harris County court deputies tackled him to the ground and he was dragged out of court.

Johnson's mother started crying out after the verdict was read and members of his family tried to approach him and the deputies.

Johnson's family was escorted out of the courtroom.

The victims' families remained inside the courtroom following the incident.

Jurors took about four hours to reach the verdict.

Johnson was found guilty last week for his part in a string of crimes during Father's Day weekend of 2006.

Johnson was found guilty of capital murder in the death of Sally Aparece.

Prosecutors said Johnson was the ringleader in a crime spree that ended in the murders of Aparece and Huy Ngo.

Johnson had previously refused to leave his cell for the punishment phase of his trial.

He faces the possibility of death by lethal injection.

By netchicken: posted on 29-6-2007








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