Hillsboro - Aloha

Jury finds man guilty of murder in Aloha parking lot shooting

Jury finds man guilty of murder in Aloha parking lot shooting »Play Video
Jeffrey Johnson sits in court Wednesday.

HILLSBORO, Ore. – A jury found a man guilty of murder Wednesday in the shooting death his daughter’s ex-boyfriend in an Aloha parking lot in January 2012.

The verdict was announced just before 4 p.m.

Afterward, the mom of Ryan Johnson -- the man murdered -- expressed tears of joy over the jury's decision.

"Just a lot of buildup for the last two years. He's gonna get what he deserves," mom Melissa Davis said.

Police accused Jeffrey Johnson of shooting and killing 22-year-old Ryan Johnson outside of Bales Thriftway. While the two men have the same last name, they are not related.

Johnson pleaded "not guilty" but the defense argued for a lesser sentence by saying Johnson was suffering from extreme emotional disturbance when he shot Ryan.

The shooting was caught on a security camera.

Court documents, and Ryan Johnson's mother, point toward a heated custody battle as a possible motive for the shooting.

Ryan Johnson had a son with Jeffrey Johnson's daughter.

Jeffrey Johnson's sentencing is set for March 20. He showed no outward emotion as he was handcuffed and led away to jail.

At a Wednesday night memorial for Ryan Johnson at the store where he was shot and killed, Ryan’s father talked about the support from friends and family.

“It's been just amazing,” said Ryan Johnson’s dad, Timothy Davis, “It's been like people God sent to us that support us, helped us get through waiting….waiting for two years to have trial and finally get through trial and have it be, you know, he's guilty.  That means a lot.”

Ryan Johnson’s mother also spoke. “I want him to be remembered as the happy, bubbly, smiling, goofy, happy young man that he was.  He was a light,” said Melissa Davis.

Timothy Davis feels the guilty verdict brings them a step closer to healing. “That part of our life, now, is - well now is starting to get put behind us,” Timothy Davis said, “So now we can start to try and move on.”