WASHINGTON (WJZ/AP) — Court documents show a man charged with killing a Washington actress and yoga instructor told police that she killed herself after he had sex with her.
Adrian Duane Johnson, 29, has been charged with first-degree murder in the slaying of 46-year-old Tricia McCauley, who was reported missing after she didn’t show up at a Christmas party despite having texted a friend to say she was on the way around 5:30 p.m. Christmas Day.
“Her death, her murder was in the truest sense– senseless,” said Bill Largess of the Washington Stage Guild. “At first, of course people were holding on very tightly to hope that this was going to be something where she would be found.”
When McCauley’s car, a white Scion IQ, was tracked down in front of a CVS store shortly after 11 p.m. on Dec. 26, police approached Johnson in the store and placed him in handcuffs. Officers only found the body after asking where the owner of the car was.
According to documents, he motioned his head in the direction of the car and said “she’s in there.” That’s when officer searched the vehicle and found McCauley’s body.
She was found wedged between the front and back seats, bound at the calves with the rear seat belt of her car, beaten and strangled. Signs of sexual assault were also found on her body.
Police say in documents filed in D.C. Superior Court on Wednesday that Johnson told police he met McCauley on or around Christmas Day. Police say Johnson told investigators that he had sex with McCauley on a curb and that she became despondent. Police say he claimed that she hanged herself inside her car and that before she died, she told him he could have her car and money.
Her credit cards were found in his coat pocket, and he had made several purchases with them, police say.
Johnson also allegedly told police that he picked up a prostitute while McCauley was dead in the back seat. When asked why he drove around with her body after she was deceased, Johnson said he thought she was sleeping and might wake up, according to court documents.
Court records also show that GPS monitoring was ordered last week for Johnson, of Upper Marlboro. He was charged with theft earlier this month and was released Dec. 20.
After Johnson’s attorney said he couldn’t be screened for mental health court under high intensity supervision, he was ordered to report the next morning to enroll in GPS monitoring. The record doesn’t say whether he appeared.
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