Oskaloosa A five-day murder trial in Jefferson County has concluded, and the jury found Bradley Wade Johnson, 36, Topeka, guilty of first-degree murder, aggravated kidnapping and aggravated robbery.
Johnson and Franklin Eugene Sutton, 33, Topeka, were accused of murdering Ben Creek, 32, Topeka, whose body was found March 5 southeast of Grantville. Creek bled to death from knife wounds to the inner thighs. He also had been beaten, and his throat was slashed.
A spokeswoman with the Jefferson County attorney's office said the jury deliberated for an hour and 40 minutes before returning the guilty verdicts. Sentencing for Johnson is scheduled for Aug. 27.
Sutton's trial will start Aug. 10. At the time of Creek's murder, Sutton was on parole after serving 10 years in prison for his part in the killing of a liquor store clerk. He was convicted of aiding and abetting first-degree murder in the Nov. 6, 1979, shooting of Larry Bauman, 26, a part-time clerk at the Richter Retail Liquor Store in Topeka. He was sentenced to life in prison and a concurrent sentence of 15 years to life for an aggravated robbery conviction in the same case. He was released from prison in 1990.