CELESTE Beard Johnson has spoken out several times since she was convicted of killing her husband and continues to maintain her innocence.
Now, her story will be told once again during a new episode of the ABC series, Who Do You Believe?
Who is Celeste Beard Johnson?
Born in 1963, Johnson, 59, is known as a convicted murderer.
She made headlines in 1999 following the death of her millionaire husband, Steven Beard.
Prior to the murder, Johnson worked as a waitress at a country club in Austin, Texas, which is where she and Beard first met.
At the time, Johnson was 32 while Beard was 69, causing many to speculate that she was only with him for the money, though several have said over the years that Beard didn’t care about the gossip, People reported in 2003.
Johnson is also the mother of twin daughters, Kristina and Jennifer.
Where is Celeste now?
On October 2, 1999, an intruder broke into Beard’s home in the early hours of the morning and fatally shot him, ABC News reports.
Prior to his passing, the self-made millionaire was able to call 911 for help, telling the operator that “my guts are in my hands.”
While he was able to successfully make it to the hospital, he ultimately died of complications from the gunshot wound four months later.
Shortly after the shooting, police arrested Tracey Tarlton, who was a family friend, in connection with the murder after they linked her personalized shotgun to the shell that was found at the scene of the crime.
Tarlton later claimed that she shot Beard for Johnson, and in exchange for her testimony, she was sentenced to 20 years in prison, ABC News notes.
Johnson was then charged with his murder in March 2002.
Four years later, Johnson was convicted of capital murder and injury to an elderly individual, and sentenced to life in prison.
She is currently serving out her sentence at Lane Murray in Gatesville, Texas, and will be eligible for parole in April 2042, at the age of 80, according to Oxygen.
Tarlton on the other hand was paroled in November 2011, after spending more than a decade behind bars, according to KENS5.
When is Celeste’s Who Do You Believe? episode?
Who Do You Believe? is a docuseries from ABC that broadcasts interviews from both sides of a crime.
Johnson’s episode is scheduled to air on May 17, 2022, on ABC.
The show can also be streamed through Hulu.
Previously, Johnson was featured on an episode of Oxygen’s Snapped: Behind Bars, where she proclaimed her innocence.
“Any time I’m offered an opportunity to proclaim my innocence, I take it, to hopefully get the public to turn their mind; not against me, but maybe for the cause of my innocence,” she told the network in October 2021.
“…I was devastated,” she later said of her sentence. “It’s not right that I’m spending the rest of my life in prison, and there is no evidence against me. I just wish somebody could come forward and help me.”
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