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Sentencing begins for San Antonio woman guilty again of plotting slaying of ex-boyfriend

March 20, 2019

Sentencing begins Wednesday morning for a San Antonio woman convicted for the second time of orchestrating the kidnapping and slaying of her ex-boyfriend in 2010 to collect insurance money.

On Tuesday, a jury found Vanessa Cameron, the daughter of a now-retired San Antonio police sergeant, guilty of murder for her role in plotting the January 2010 slaying of her child’s father, VIA bus driver Samuel Allen Johnson Jr.

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Prosecutors argued her motive was a $750,000 life insurance policy and jealousy over his new girlfriend.

The second guilty verdict came after Cameron’s 2012 conviction and 70-year prison sentence was thrown out because of a technicality. Her attorneys argued that her constitutional right to a public jury trial was violated when her relatives couldn’t find a place to sit in a crowded courtroom during jury selection because all the seats were already taken. The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals agreed, overturning the conviction and granting Cameron a new trial in 2014.

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Cameron’s second murder trial again ended in a guilty verdict Tuesday, which means she faces a punishment of up to life in prison.

The sentencing part of her trial started at 10 a.m. at the 226th District Court.

Marina Riker is a staff writer at the San Antonio Express-News. | marina.riker@express-news.net | Twitter: @MarinaStarleaf