Johnson takes stand at sentencing hearing

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Posted: Thursday, October 4, 2012 10:38 am

For the first time since the incident on Nov. 11, 2010, Christopher Johnson has addressed the family of slain Pa. WCO David Grove.

He took the stand this morning at the Adams County Courthouse during his sentencing hearing. On Tuesday, a jury from Lancaster found him guilty of first-degree murder in the shooting death of Grove.

"I always wanted a chance to address the Grove family, but up until now it was not an appropriate time," Johnson said. "There is nothing I can do or say that will bring Officer Grove back. I will live with that for the rest of my life, however long that may be. I am sorry for the pain I have caused. I wish there was more I could do."

Adams County Distict Attorney Shawn Wagner asked Johnson if he was apologizing because he intentionally killed Grove.

"I am offering an apology because a man is not here because of my hand," Johnson answered.

The defense has rested and the prosecution is currently calling rebuttal witnesses.

It is possible the jury could start deliberations later today in deciding whether Johnson will be sentenced to life in prison or the death penalty.

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