Morico Johnson

Morico Tyrone Johnson was arrested on May 24, 2022 for a January 3, 2009 double-homicide in Mount Union, Pennsylvania. Sometime during the night of January 3, an intruder broke into the apartment of 22-year-old Christine McWhorter and her aunt, 31-year-old Beatrice Daniels. Both women were shot in the head with a .25 caliber handgun. McWhorter’s two young children, a 4 month-old infant and a 4-year-old toddler, were in the apartment at the time of the murders and were unharmed.

Police found droplets of blood throughout the apartment, including on the staircase and door. A DNA profile of an unknown male was developed. Parabon Nanolabs performed forensic phenotyping of the suspect in 2016, and in 2018 performed the FGG investigation as well.

Johnson was identified by FGG as a candidate. He was interviewed by the Pennsylvania State Police in December of 2019, at which time he consensually provided a DNA sample for comparison with the crime scene DNA. Police continued their investigation, although there is no information on why his arrest was delayed for a further 2 1/2 years.

At the time of the murders, Johnson was dating a close friend of McWhorter, and had come to visit her in Mount Union. The couple had argued as Johnson suspected her of having an affair with another man. Johnson has denied going to the victims’ apartment, and the motive for the murders has not yet been made public. Johnson was then an employee with the New York Department of Corrections.

Johnson had his preliminary hearing on July 12, 2022, where the judge deemed there was enough evidence to constitute a prima facie case. Johnson is charged with two counts of homicide in the Huntington County Court of Common Pleas.


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First Name Morico
Last Name Johnson
Other Names
Victims 2 (Details)
IGG Started 2018-00-00
Case Cleared 2022-05-24
IGG Org Parabon


Case ID Name Age Case Opened Location Investigating Org Most Serious Charge Disposition Court
1698 Christine McWhorter 22 2009-01-03 Mount Union, PA Pennsylvania SP Second degree murder Case is currently pending before the court Huntingdon CO CT COMM PL
1699 Beatrice Daniels 31 2009-01-03 Mount Union, PA Pennsylvania SP Second degree murder Case is currently pending before the court Huntingdon CO CT COMM PL

Last updated: February 9, 2024

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Case data and narrative licensed under CC BY 4.0: Dowdeswell, Tracey (2023), “Forensic Genetic Genealogy Project v. 2022”, Mendeley Data, V1, doi: 10.17632/jcycgvhm96.1. All other content, including photos, have been added.