STAFFORD, Texas— Relatives of one of the victims of a triple homicide at a Stafford car wash are disgusted by the suspect’s claim that it was self-defense.
Before surrendering to police Monday night, La-Melvin Johnson told KHOU 11 News that he shot and killed three people to protect himself.
"It was self defense. That’s the bottom line," Johnson said.
Johnson is accused of killing 34-year-old Harvey Simmons, who owned the car wash, 59-year-old Johnny Simmons and 18-year-old Donntay Borom.
Borom is a recent high school graduate who worked at the car wash and was engaged to be married.
He was the father of a two-year-old daughter.
Borom’s fiancé believes Johnson is a cold-blooded killer.
"I’m more than angry," said Ayanna Sweetnam. "I’m just disgusted in the fact that he would be so inconsiderate and so heartless."
Sweetnam had planned to spend the rest of her life with Borom.
"He was like my other half. I feel him with me everywhere I go," she said. "I’m just expecting him to come of the blue and say, ‘Just kidding, I’m here. No, I didn’t leave you.’"
Borom was taking classes at HCC and planned to be a physical therapist someday.
Johnson has a long rap sheet in Harris County, with close to 20 arrests dating back to 2000. They include assault and robbery, but this is the first time he’s been charged with murder.
Police believe Johnson opened fire at the shop because Simmons had just fired him from his job.
It’s so hard, you know?" Sweetnam said. "It’s like you have no heart. These people had lives."
Johnson is being held at the Fort Bend County Jail on a $500,000 bond.