Cory (Corey) Johnson, Federal  


Updated: Thursday, January 14, 2021 

Cory (Corey) Johnson has been executed.  Read more here

Updated: Thursday, January 14, 2021 

The Supreme Court of the United States has rejected all appeals to stay the execution of Cory (Corey) Johnson, scheduled to begin several hours ago.  With these rulings, the execution can proceed.

Updated: Thursday, January 14, 2021 

Appeals are pending before the Supreme Court of the United States for Cory (Corey) Johnson.  These appeals have delayed the start of the execution.

Updated: Thursday, January 14, 2021 

U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia have vacated the preliminary injunction granted earlier this week that halted the executions of Dustin Higgs and Cory (Corey) Johnson.  Further, the stay of execution granted by U.S. District Judge Tanya S. Chutkan has also been lifted by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia.  Cory has also been denied a stay of execution by the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals.  Attorneys for Cory were arguing that Cory was intellectually disabled and ineligible to be executed.  In rejected the request, the court noted the purposeful delay until days before the execution to file the appeal, despite knowing the execution for over a month.  The Supreme Court of the United States has previously ruled that last-minute stay of executions should be the exception and not the norm.

Updated: Tuesday, January 12, 2021 

U.S. District Judge Tanya S. Chutkan has issued a stay of execution for Dustin Higgs and Corey (Cory) Johnson over concerns that executing them before they have completely recovered from their COVID-19 diagnosis would result in an execution that would violate their 8th Amendment rights.  The government has announced that they are appealing this decision.  Both inmates argued that the execution by pentobarbital would cause "flash pulmonary edema," resulting in needless and excruciating pain as a result of lung damage from the virus.

Updated: Monday, January 11, 2021

Cory (Corey) Johnson is scheduled to be executed on Thursday, January 14, 2021, at the Federal Correction Complex in Terre Haute, Indiana.  A preliminary injunction has been issued. Fifty-two-year-old Cory is convicted of murdering Peyton Johnson, Louis Johnson, Bobby Long, Dorothy Armstrong, Anthony Carter, Linwood Chiles, and Curtis Thorne in January and February of 1992, in Richmond, Virginia. Cory has spent the last 27 years on federal death row.

Cory is known by the Bureau of Prisons and in many court documents as “Cory,” and known to his attorneys and others as “Corey.” Cory had a difficult childhood growing up. He moved frequently, attending at least 10 different schools as a child. He was also allegedly physically and emotionally abused, and suffered from extreme neglect. His mother was addicted to drugs and abandoned him at the age of 13. He was then placed in a residential home. At the age of 18, he left a similar residential facility and did not have proper life skills and had little to no support.  Cory did not graduate from high school, spent three years in second grade, and repeated third and fourth grade.  It is reported that achievement testing performed while in high school, placed Cory at a second grade level.

In 1989, Cory Johnson, James Roane, Jr., and Richard Tipton, were the principle partners in a substantial drug-trafficking ring, which would operate through July of 1992. Their operation began in Trenton, New Jersey by Tipton and Johnson, both of whom were from New York City. In August 1990, the operation expanded to Richmond, Virginia, where Roane joined. The Trenton-based operation ended on June 4, 1992, when police confiscated a large quantity of crack coin and firearms.

In Richmond, Johnson, Roane, and Tipton obtained large quantities of powdered cocaine from suppliers in New York City. They then made crack cocaine, packaged it, and gave it to street level dealers to sell, taking two-thirds of the money made from the sales.


On January 4, 1992, Douglas Talley, an underling suspected of mishandling a drug transaction, was taken to the south side of Richmond, and killed by Tipton and Roane. Douglas received 84 stab sounds to his head neck and upper body.


On January 13, 1992, Douglas Moody, a suspected rival in the area, was shot by Tipton. Douglas managed to escape and was pursed by Tipton and Roane. Roane caught up with Douglas and stabbed him 18 times, killing him.


On January 14, 1992, Peyton Johnson, a rival drug dealer, was shot and killed by Johnson in a tavern.


On January 29, 1992, Louis Johnson, a body guard for a rival drug dealer, was shot and killed by Roane, Johnson, and a third man, Lance Thomas in an alley.


On February 1, 1992, Johnson, Thomas and Roane shot and killed Torrick Brown, with whom Roane had been having trouble. The trio also shot and critically wounded Torrick’s half-sister Martha McCoy, who was also at the apartment. Later that day, Johnson shot to death Dorothy Armstrong, Anthony Carter, and Dorothy’s brother, Bobby Long. Dorothy had failed to pay back for a drug supply, while Anthony and Bobby are not thought to have been involved in the drug ring.


On February 19, 1992, Linwood Chiles, who was suspected of cooperating with the police, was shot and killed by Johnson. Curtis Thorne was also shot and killed. Two others, Priscilla and Gwen Greene, were critically injured.


Johnson, Roane, and Tipton, all were indicted in April 1992. Their trial was one of the largest, if not the largest, federal death penalty case since the Lincoln assassination trial. All three were sentenced to death on February 16, 1993. It took the jury 22 hours to arrive at their decision. In addition to the murder charges, they were also charges of racketeering, drug possession, and trafficking drugs, among others. Roane, Tipton, and Johnson were all given execution dates in May 2006, however all were stayed due to challenges to the lethal injection process. In addition to their death sentences, all three were also given life sentences for other crimes.


Attorneys for Johnson have filed an appeal, arguing that Johnson should not be executed because he is intellectually disable.  According to his attorneys, achievement tests performed when Johnson was 45 years of age showed that Johnson was at an elementary school level, having not advanced much since he was tested in high school.  Johnson was never diagnosed as having an intellectual disability, which his lawyers say was a mistake.  Additionally, Johnson has become the second federal death row inmate to test positive for the coronavirus.  Lawyers of Johnson are arguing that he should be granted a stay of execution, as his diagnosis will interfere with their ability to interact with Johnson as they prepare for his execution.  Johnson was placed in isolation following his postive test result but is no longer in islolation. Despite no longer being in isolation, Johnson's lawyers report that he is still experiencing some symptoms.


Johnson has asked President Donald Trump to commute his death sentence to life in prison, without the possibility of parole.  It is argued in the petition that Johnson should have his sentence commuted because he is intellectually disabled, which disqualifies from being executed.  Lawyers for Johnson argue that his intellectual disability cannot be disputed, however, evidence of the disability has never been presented in court.


A lawsuit filed by two inmates at the federal facility where executions are carried out have filed a lawsuit arguing that holding the executions creates a "substantial risk" of spreading COVID-19.  Judge Jane Magnus-Stinson of the U.S. District Court of the Southern District of Indiana has issued a preliminary injunction ahead of the executions. According to the preliminary injunction, the executions cannot be carried out unless the Department of Justice follows the guidance outlined by Judge Magnus-Stinson in the ruling.


Please pray for peace for the families of Douglas Talley, Douglas Moody, Peyton Johnson, Louis Johnson, Torrick Brown, Dorothy Armstrong, Anthony Carter, Bobby Long, Linwood Chiles, and Curtis Thorne. Please pray for peace and healing for all who have been injured by the actions of Cory Johnson. Pray that if Cory is innocent, lacks the competency to be executed, or should not be executed for any other reason, that evidence will be presented prior to his execution. Pray that Cory may come to find peace through personal relationship with Jesus Christ, if he has not already.



For more information regarding financial support, please click here.