Land-Feud Murder Trial Ends First Day Of Testimony

There are 20 comments on the Apr 23, 2008, Tyler Morning Telegraph story titled Land-Feud Murder Trial Ends First Day Of Testimony. In it, Tyler Morning Telegraph reports that:

“Mr. Johnson yelled 'I'm going to take your (expletive) head off' and hit Mr. Kear's tractor with the blade of his bucket (loader)”

By LAUREN GROVER Staff Writer QUITMAN - The feud of two Winnsboro neighbors climaxed when they met on a dirt road between pastures in October 2006, rammed tractors and one shot the other to death, two Wood ... via Tyler Morning Telegraph

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I heard

Venus, TX

#1 Apr 23, 2008
I have always heard it was SELF DEFENSE.....
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Brenham, TX

#2 Apr 24, 2008
...cold blooded murder to me.
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Venus, TX

#3 Apr 24, 2008
Sounds like wrote:
...cold blooded murder to me.
What makes you say that? Do you know the men?
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Brenham, TX

#4 Apr 29, 2008
I say that because it sounds like Mr. Kear drove out there armed looking for trouble. He had other ways to get to his land and could have backed up and went around. Mr. Johnson was shredding HIS OWN land, UNARMED.
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Dallas, TX

#5 Apr 29, 2008
Did you attend the trial?
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Brenham, TX

#6 Apr 30, 2008
I read the article and am voicing my opinion. Did you attend the trial?
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Dallas, TX

#7 Apr 30, 2008
Yes sir I did & I truly believe he was threatened and was defending his own life. He is not a violent person and never has had a history of violence. Not so with Mr. Johonson.
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Brenham, TX

#8 May 1, 2008
Was this "history of violence" something that happened recently? Or was this a single fist fight or something that happened years and years ago? Small town scoop, gossip, anything like that play a part? Just curious. Seems like the jury should go on what happened the day of the murder.
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Sulphur Springs, TX

#9 May 1, 2008
Sounds like wrote:
Was this "history of violence" something that happened recently? Or was this a single fist fight or something that happened years and years ago? Small town scoop, gossip, anything like that play a part? Just curious. Seems like the jury should go on what happened the day of the murder.
I think you must take into account someone's past behavior. That shows what kind of person they are. A person with a short temper is a lot different from a timid person. Of course, I'm not saying that having a short temper makes you automatically guilty either. You can't just look at one day in particular.
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Dallas, TX

#10 May 1, 2008
Well, it was a hung jury. Mr. Kear had many character witnesses but not so for Mr. J.
i live here

Yantis, TX

#11 May 1, 2008
want to know what kind of man johnson was ask anyone that had land next to him ask what he did to 80 yaer old man and his 85 yearold sister
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Sulphur Springs, TX

#12 May 2, 2008
i live here wrote:
want to know what kind of man johnson was ask anyone that had land next to him ask what he did to 80 yaer old man and his 85 yearold sister
I'm not from around here. Enlighten me.
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Dallas, TX

#13 May 2, 2008
What did Johnson do to the elderly people? I don't doubt anything he would do...
from Winnsboro

Tulsa, OK

#14 May 2, 2008
Norman Johnson's son held the elderly man down, while his father, Norman Johnson beat the man with a hammer. This has been within the last 5 years. What a fine example for a father to teach his son. NOT !!!!
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Dallas, TX

#15 May 2, 2008
Sounds like a real fine man who could would NOT threaten Mr. Kear or be a threat to his well being.....NOT!!! Did the man live? He should have testified at the trial if he is still alive.
from Winnsboro

Tulsa, OK

#16 May 2, 2008
How I wish. A relative was on the list to testify for Mr. Kear but was not called. I have no idea why.
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Dallas, TX

#17 May 2, 2008
What about the man that Mr. Johnson beat up so badly-the one his son held down? How badly was the elderly man hurt and what was the reason for the beating?
i live here

Yantis, TX

#18 May 3, 2008
johnson got off because of da mark taylor which is now gone but was a bribe taking ---
oh my

Dallas, TX

#19 May 3, 2008
I had heard that but did not want to believe it...Now I hear it again about M. Taylor. What a shame. It looks like it gave him a license to continue to be a threat to people only this time someone took care of the "Threat".
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Pearland, TX

#20 May 5, 2008
Get your facts straight. It was 13 years ago, the elderly man (who was actually only 1 year older than Mr. Johnson at the time) called and threatened to kill Mr. Johnson's wife and asked him to come over if he wanted to take care of business. The elderly man, the one with the hammer....tried to hit Mr. Johnson with the hammer and Mr. Johnson took it away from him. His son was not involved.
Where is your information coming from? The barber shop?

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