As DNA testing was not prevalent in Fort Worth during the time of the crime, the strength of the then-teenager's word, as well as the bruising she was purported to have received from Johnson's assault, became the strongest factor of Johnson's receiving of a life sentence for aggravated sexual assault in 1995.
Back in April of this year, a ruling was made to toss out Johnson's 1994 verdict due to false evidence coming from those who were influenced by the supposed victim's story. This past Friday, Johnson was completely exonerated in his retrial.
"I knew it was going to come," Johnson relayed to KDFW-TV in Fort Worth on Friday. "I wasn't surprised."
When it comes to the accuser, her stepfather pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of injury to a child during the 2014 court hearing, and received a decade-long probation sentence. He has since passed away, according to a report from the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
On Thursday, spokeswoman Sam Jordan of the Tarrant County District Attorney's office remarked that Franklin shouldn't get too comfortable as she's planning to take the matter to the Grand Jury.
"We feel that the evidence still substantiates the claim against him," she stated. [He] was a police officer [and] we call on them to protect a child, not cause harm to them."