DOC#: 22622 White Male
Madison County Superior Court
Judge Thomas Newman, Jr.
Prosecutor: William F. Lawler
Defense: Garry W. Miracle
Date of Murder: October 9, 1982
Victim(s): Marjorie Johnson
W/F/61 (No relationship to Wisehart)
Method of Murder: stabbing with
Summary: Anderson Police
received an anonymous call to go to a certain apartment where they
would find a body.
Police did so and found the body of 61 year old
Marjorie Johnson. Her clothing was torn and wrapped around her mid-section,
her head was beaten and bloody, and there were 13 stab wounds in her
Johnson was a regular visitor to the Christian
Center, where Wisehart resided. Another resident testified that
Wisehart had sent a letter to Johnson before the murder, talking
about going to old people's houses and robbing them.
Upon his arrest, Wisehart gave a confession,
admitting that he had stabbed Johnson several times with several
weapons, punching her with his fist, and striking her in the head
with a whiskey bottle. He stated he took $14 and admitted he was the
one who tipped off police.
Conviction: Murder, Burglary,
Sentencing: September 26, 1983 (Death
Aggravating Circumstances: b (1)
Mitigating Circumstances: None