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* Aaron Johnson Charged with Antioch Murder of Deborah Larmey

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An Antioch man accused of strangling his girlfriend Sunday evening was arraigned on murder charges in Contra Costa County Superior Court in Martinez today, but did not enter a plea. Aaron Johnson, 45, was charged Tuesday with one count of murder
for killing 44-year-old Deborah Larmey, prosecutors said. He did not enter a plea today because he did not have an attorney.
Police found Larmey dead early Monday morning in a bedroom in Johnson’s home at 517 W. Sixth St., police said. She had been manually strangled, Contra Costa County Deputy District Attorney Harold Jewett said. Neighbors told police after the killing that they had heard the couple fighting Sunday afternoon and evening. Someone called police Monday morning to report that Johnson might have killed Larmey, police said. According to Jewett, the couple had been fighting about accusations Larmey had made that Johnson was cheating on her. Strangling her “was his way of getting her to shut up,” Jewett said. After police discovered the body, they spoke to associates of Johnson’s, who allegedly told them that Johnson had made statements indicating that he had killed his girlfriend and was planning to flee the area and kill himself, police said. At about 11 a.m. Monday, police found Johnson in Lodi and arrested him. Antioch police Lt. Leonard Orman said that, after his arrest, Johnson confessed to killing Larmey. He also allegedly told investigators that he had choked Larmey on several prior occasions, but she had not reported those incidents to police, Orman said. The couple had been dating on and off for several years, according
to Jewett, and Larmey had been staying at Johnson’s house for the weekend. The judge kept Johnson’s bail at $1 million and scheduled him to return to court to be assigned an attorney and enter a plea Aug. 12 in Pittsburg.

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