Thomas Johnson told a responding officer “I just committed capital murder”

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Outside the Lines obtained police documents showing new light on the circumstances around former Texas A&M wide receiver Thomas Johnson’s abrupt disappearance from the team in 2012, this incident raised alarm about three years before he was arrested this week on murder charges.

Johnson, who helped lead the Aggies past No. 1-ranked Alabama in 2012, vanished from the team two days after the game. He was found near his former Dallas high school days later, but his friends, family or Texas A&M did not give more details about his disappearance.

On Monday, Johnson, 21, made national headlines after police said he attacked and killed with a machete or long knife a jogger on a popular Dallas running trail.

A police affidavit said, Johnson spoke to a responding officer after Monday’s incident and twice said, “I just committed capital murder.” The victim seemed to be picked randomly, and According to The Associated Press, Johnson told an officer when he was asked to explain the incident “It’s like when you don’t wake up.”

According to a police report on Nov. 13, 2012, the former player vanished from the team, and assistant coach David Beaty reached the campus police to tell them Johnson was missing from class and practice. His teammates were also concerned because he had been acting strangely for several months.

The assistant coach told officers that Johnson texted a day earlier to teammate, who they referred to as Jordan Richards, “that he was Jesus and he was headed west.” Apparently Johnson believed that “several of the other players were also characters in the Bible,” the report states.

Johnson remains in a Dallas County jail, and his bail is set for $500,000.

According to Texas A&M athletics “We are not able to discuss this situation due to legal proceedings, but this is an awful tragedy for all involved,” and “Thomas Johnson played at Skyline High School and signed with Texas A&M as a true freshman in 2012. He played in 10 games and started two at wide receiver before leaving the team and the University in November of 2012 and has not had any involvement with the football program over the past three years.”

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