June 23rd, 2007
On June 23rd, 2007, Raymond Johnson beat and killed 24 year old Brooke Whitaker , and her 7 month daughter Kya Whitaker, before dousing the house and the bodies in gasoline and setting it on fire. The firefighters who responded that day found Brooke Whitaker deceased with a crushed skull and the house covered in blood. Kya's body was spotted in the debris by a firefighter who testified he first presumed it to be a burned doll. Raymond Johnson was dropped off at the house by his then at the time girlfriend, Jennifer Walton, who later picked him up after the murders. Walton testifies that Johnson "smelled like gasoline and was soaked in blood." Johnson had entered the residence of Brooke Whitaker, and beat her with a hammer, before he set the house on fire. Johnson was soon arrested, and given two death sentences for his crime. He has not been executed yet and no execution date is known, but his final appeal was rejected and he is set to be killed.