CELESTE Beard Johnson has spoken out multiple times since being convicted of her husband’s murder and continues to maintain her innocence.
Now her story is being retold in a new episode of the ABC series Who Do You Believe.
Who is Celeste Beard Johnson?
Born in 1963, Johnson, 59, is known as a convicted murderer.
She made headlines in 1999 after the death of her millionaire husband Steven Beard.
Before the murder, Johnson worked as a waitress at a country club in Austin, Texas, where she and Beard first met.
At the time, Johnson was 32 while Beard was 69, leading many to speculate that she was only dating him for money, although some have said over the years that Beard didn’t bother with the gossip, People reported in 2003.
Johnson is also the mother of twin daughters Kristina and Jennifer.
Where is Celeste now?
On October 2, 1999, an intruder broke into Beard’s home in the early hours of the morning and fatally shot him, ABC News reports.
Before his death, the self-made millionaire was able to call 911 for help and tell the operator that “my courage is in my hands.”
While he successfully made it to the hospital, he eventually died four months later from complications from the gunshot wound.
Shortly after the shooting, police arrested Tracey Tarlton, a family friend, in connection with the murder after she linked her personalized shotgun to the grenade found at the scene.
Tarlton later claimed she shot Beard for Johnson, and in exchange for her testimony, she was sentenced to 20 years in prison, ABC News notes.
Johnson was then charged with murder in March 2002.
Four years later, Johnson was convicted of capital murder and assault on an elderly person and sentenced to life in prison.
She is currently serving her sentence at Lane Murray in Gatesville, Texas and will be paroled in April 2042 at the age of 80, according to Oxygen.
Tarlton, on the other hand, was paroled in November 2011 after spending more than a decade behind bars, according to KENS5.
When is Celeste’s Who Do You Believe? Consequence?
who do you believe is an ABC docuseries that airs interviews from both sides of a crime.
Johnson’s episode is scheduled to air May 17, 2022 on ABC.
The show can also be streamed on Hulu.
Johnson previously appeared on an episode of Oxygen’s Snapped: Behind Bars, in which she maintained her innocence.
“Anytime I’m presented with an opportunity to plead my innocence, I take it to hopefully persuade the public to change their minds; not against me, but maybe because of my innocence,” she told the network in October 2021.
“…I was devastated,” she later said of her sentence. “It is not right that I should spend the rest of my life in prison and there is no evidence against me. I just wish someone could reach out and help me.”
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