Chattanooga man indicted for 2004 murder now back in Hamilton County awaiting a court date

CHATTANOOGA, Tennessee(WDEF) – A Chattanooga man who was already serving time for multiple felony convictions and recently indicted for first degree murder is now back in Chattanooga awaiting his day in court.

Christopher Jeffre Johnson, 52, of Chattanooga was indicted for the 2004 Melissa Ward. According to the indictment, the murder was premeditated. He was already serving time in prison for rape and kidnapping when he was brought back to Hamilton County on Monday to be arraigned for the murder charge.

Criminal court records show that back in 2014, Johnson was convicted on four counts of aggravated rape and two counts of kidnapping. He was sentenced to 25 years in prison and was currently incarcerated when he was recently indicted for first degree murder.

In that case, authorities say Johnson abducted two girls ages 13 and 14 back in 2011. After the girls were abducted, they were reportedly taken to a wooded area behind 421 Wilcox Road where they were forced to perform oral sex on each other as well as Johnson while they were bound with duck tape. According to the report, he forced the victims to perform by torturing them with a cigarette lighter and sodomizing them with a brush handle.

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