We are living in an age where good-looking young women can get away with child abuse and child murder because jurors seem to identify with these kind of women. Or the jury felt that because Elizabeth Johnson (like Casey Anthony) is so attractive, it means she ‘couldn’t possibly’ have murdered or otherwise harmed her child.
Or maybe these jurors live in a fantasy la la land, where they only want to consider Baby Gabriel as frolicking in the backyard of some loving couple’s home in middle America.
“The jury has found Elizabeth Johnson guilty of conspiracy to commit custodial interference, custodial interference and unlawful imprisonment in the disappearance of her son Gabriel.
Jurors couldn’t reach a verdict on the most serious charge, kidnapping.
They deliberated for about a day and a half.
Elizabeth Johnson is the Valley mother who ran off to San Antonio, TX, with her 8-month-old son Gabriel Johnson in December 2009. He has not been seen since.
Attorneys wrapped up their closing arguments on Tuesday and the jury began deliberation on Wednesday morning.
Prosecutors told jurors that Elizabeth Johnson was angry and determined to “get back” at the child’s father, Logan McQueary. The couple had recently broken up and McQueary was granted joint custody.
Prosecutors said that Elizabeth Johnson wanted to give the child up for adoption, but when McQueary refused, Elizabeth Johnson took the child to Texas without McQueary’s permission.
“She wants to get back at Logan, and she is upset, and she uses the one thing that would hurt Logan more than anything,” prosecutor Angela Andrews said.”
Because there is little jail time for these convictions, Elizabeth will probably walk free with time-served, just like Casey Anthony.