Thomas Johnson, 21, allegedly admitted to the brutal murder

By Tara Fowler
Updated October 13, 2015 08:20 AM
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A former star Texas A&M football player will be charged with murder after he allegedly hacked a jogger to death at random on the White Rock Creek Trail in Dallas, Texas, Monday – then called 911 to report the crime, according to police.

Authorities said that Thomas Johnson, 21, allegedly admitted to the brutal murder, telling authorities that he was “angry” about being kicked out of his home, according to NBC Dallas-Fort Worth.

“It appears Mr. Johnson picked this victim at random. Absolutely random,” Deputy Chief Rob Sherwin told reporters Monday, The Dallas Morning News reports. “He just attacked him. It’s just very unusual. It’s quite shocking.”

After he allegedly attacked the victim with a “large-edged weapon,” Johnson walked over to the nearby equestrian center and called 911 to report the crime himself. It’s unclear whether Johnson allegedly admitted to the murder over the phone or in a later interview with investigators.

The victim, who was not carrying identification, is described as a white male between the ages of 25 to 35. Anyone with information about his identity is asked to contact Dallas police.

A witness told KDFW that the assailant used a machete to hack at the victim repeatedly. “You could tell it was a machete coming down,” the witness said. “On what, I wasn’t sure at first, but when I got closer I could tell it was a body. And he was repeatedly hitting it in the back of the neck.”

This is not Johnson’s first brush with the law. In 2014, he was arrested on three charges after he allegedly broke into his aunt’s house and stole her minivan and some cash.

The aunt told authorities at the time that Johnson “had been causing problems in the family for a long period of time,” according to an arrest warrant affidavit obtained by The Dallas Morning News. He received probation for the charges.

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