Kareem Johnson was on Pennsylvania’s death row as the result of a 2007 Philadelphia murder conviction. When Johnson allegedly killed Walter Smith, prosecutors suggested that he shot him at such close range that Smith’s blood splashed onto Johnson’s red Air Jordan baseball cap, according to The Philadelphia Inquirer.
In fact, assistant district attorney Michael Barry told jurors, “That hat that was left at the scene in the middle of the street has Kareem Johnson’s sweat on it and has Walter Smith’s blood on it. … DNA is a witness. It is a silent, unflappable witness.”
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