Man retried, convicted of teen’s 1998 murder


Martin Johnson will be sentenced on November 13

Martin Johnson. November 8, 2019 (Courtesy Washington County District Attorney’s Office)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A man was convicted of murder for the 1998 rape and killing of 15-year-old Heather Fraser by a Washington County jury on Friday.

The case was a retrial. Martin Johnson was previously convicted of Fraser’s murder in 2001, however, that conviction was later overturned due to the “inadequate representation” of the defendant.

In this most recent case, he was charged with 8 counts of murder. Under the new guidelines of Senate Bill 1013, the death penalty was taken off the table.

During the 8-week trial, prosecutors asserted that he drugged, raped, then killed the teenage victim, and later dumped her body in the Columbia River.

In a unanimous decision, the jury found Johnson guilty of all 8 counts of first-degree murder. Johnson will be sentenced at a November 13 hearing.

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