A career criminal has been charged in the savage killing of a film actress in Washington, DC — but the alleged murder could have been prevented if he had worn his court-ordered monitoring device, according to published reports.
Duane Adrian Johnson, who has a long history of robbery arrests in several states, was charged with first-degree murder Tuesday night after he allegedly beat and strangled Tricia McCauley, 46, and drove around with her corpse inside her car.
Two weeks ago, the 29-year-old sicko was busted for shoplifting four electric toothbrushes at a CVS store in the Columbia Heights section of DC, according to the Washington Post.
In that case, prosecutors asked the judge to put Johnson on the most restrictive monitoring program, but defense attorneys argued that their client would not be able to receive his mental health treatment under such constraints, the newspaper reported.
During his Dec. 17 arraignment, Associate Judge Elizabeth Wingo ordered Johnson held until his preliminary hearing.
At the hearing three days later, Johnson appeared before a different Judge, Sherry Trafford, but prosecutors were not ready to proceed and didn’t ask for Johnson’s continued incarceration.
Trafford released Johnson under the caveat that he would be fitted with a GPS monitoring device the next morning.
But Johnson blew off the appointment, according to local D.C. affiliate WUSA9.
Less than a week later, Johnson allegedly killed McCauley, who appeared in the 2006 film “Step Up” starring Channing Tatum.
Johnson then drove her Toyota Scion hatchback — with her corpse inside — to a CVS on the 2200 block of M Street on Monday night, authorities said.
He allegedly stole merchandise from the store and assaulted several employees.
Police quickly responded and arrested Johnson, who handed over McCauley’s car keys, a police report said.
Inside the car, investigators found McCauley’s body.
Wingo is a recently appointed DC Superior Court justice who was nominated for the position by President Obama in 2015.