Man to be executed for triple Nashville slaying


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - It was nearly closing time at Bob Bell's
Nashville market on July 5, 1980, one day after the Independence
Day holiday.
In walked Cecil C. Johnson Jr., who lived in the neighborhood
and had patronized the market.
Within a few horrifying minutes, three people were dead,
including a 12-year-old boy who was the son of the market owner and
apparently was helping his dad run the register.
Johnson, 23 at the time and now 53, is to be executed early
Wednesday for three counts of murder resulting from a robbery that
warm summer evening that netted the holdup man about $200.
He'll be the sixth person put to death in Tennessee since 2000.