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Ozark Murder

By: Ryan Rodig Email
By: Ryan Rodig Email

Family and neighbors are in shock after a Christmas Eve domestic dispute.

It resulted in murder early Monday morning in Ozark.

It’s not how any family thinks their Christmas Eve will start.

"I heard them arguing. They were in the kitchen. He was trying to wrestle with her. I tried to get him off of her, but I couldn't. The next thing I know he pulls out a knife and starts stabbing her. I couldn't get him off," says Clayton Fuller, the victim's brother.

Fuller is referring to his only sister, Allison Fuller Johnson who was brutally stabbed to death by her husband Darrin early Monday morning in Ozark.

The murder took place in Allison's mother’s house where she and her kids were currently staying after an apparent separation from her husband.

"This is an unbelievable shock. I talked to her a few weeks before. I knew she was concerned and afraid; that's why she came to stay with her mother. That was the first time I've seen [their] sons; they were here when it happened I understand. It's just a terrible way to spend Christmas Day Eve," says Billie Reed Cornelious, a neighbor.

Fuller says his sister had been married to Johnson since 1993 before a recent separation. He says Darrin did not want to get a divorce.

Johnson allegedly stabbed his wife numerous times, including in the back, neck, and chest. She was pronounced dead after being rushed to the hospital, and her husband then turned himself into police.

Ozark Chief of Police, Tony Spivey says domestic violence increases around the holidays, but says this is an extreme case.

"Domestic related physical attacks seem to increase around the holidays. Anytime you have separation/divorces, especially with children involved, it tends to run emotions a little higher," says Chief Spivey.

Authorities say they are still in the early stages of their investigation.

They are now looking for the murder weapon.

Meanwhile, Johnson faces murder charges.

He is being held in the Dale County Jail without bond.


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