Convicted murderer Sarah Johnson appealing charges

Twin Falls


By Benito Baeza

A hearing is planned in Twin Falls to decide whether a woman convicted of killing her parents in 2003 and sentenced to two life terms in prison should get a new trial.

The hearing in Sarah Johnson’s case is scheduled to start Tuesday in 5th District Court.

Prosecutors say Johnson was 16 when she killed her parents, Alan and Diane Johnson, in central Idaho after fighting with them over her 19-year-old boyfriend, an undocumented Mexican immigrant who was living in the region.

In her appeal, Johnson argued she received ineffective legal assistance and that there is new evidence indicating someone else might be the killer.

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