Michael Johnson, 29, was due to be executed on 19 October 2006 for the murder of a service station owner, ten years earlier. Fifteen hours before the scheduled execution, Johnson took matters into his own hands and committed suicide in his cell, using a homemade knife and writing, “I did not shoot him” in his own blood on the wall.

Michael Dewayne Johnson was born in McLennan County, Texas on 5 May 1977. His arrest sheet listed his occupation as labourer and he was 19-years-old at the time of committing murder on 10 September 1996.