Man arrested in woman’s stabbing death was convicted in Huntsville’s 1996 cell phone murders

Corey Johnson was arrested November 30, 2016 for the murder of Candice Wilson. (Photo: Huntsville Police Department)

Corey Johnson was arrested November 30, 2016 for the murder of Candice Wilson. (Photo: Huntsville Police Department)

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – A man charged in a deadly stabbing Wednesday evening was convicted in a past murder case many in Huntsville will remember.

Corey Johnson, 43, is charged with domestic violence murder in the death of Candice Wilson of Huntsville.  Wednesday evening, Wilson was found in a home in the 2600 block of Del Norte Lane.  She had been stabbed several time and died there.

Johnson was arrested at the scene, and had self-inflicted wounds, according to police. Investigators say the two lived together in the home.

Johnson’s past

Corey Johnson, during his prison sentence (Photo: Alabama Department of Corrections)

Corey Johnson, during his prison sentence for his role in the 1996 cell phone murders in Huntsville (Photo: Alabama Department of Corrections)

Johnson was one of three men convicted in Huntsville’s cell phone murders.  On September 25, 1996, Nicholas Acklin, Joey Wilson and Corey Johnson went to a home on University Drive to find out who had filed a complaint against Wilson over a stolen cell phone.

Investigators say the three men questioned and tortured those present in the home for hours, and then Acklin and Wilson opened fire on the group.  Four people were killed and two were hurt.

Acklin and Wilson were both sentenced to death.  Johnson – who did not fire any shots – pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 15 years.  He was released from prison on September 26, 2011.  Both Acklin and Wilson have appealed their convictions over the years.