Criminal past of suspect in Alberta Harris' murder

Posted at 7:00 PM, Aug 10, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-10 19:01:01-04

LEE COUNTY, Fla. -- A beloved mother and school bus driver was brutally murdered. Now, Fox 4 is learning more about the man accused of the crime. 

The body of 50-year-old Alberta Harris was found in Hendry County in April, weeks after she vanished from Fort Myers. 

Eugene Johnson is being held at the Hendry County jail, on charges of second degree murder and possession of a gun by a convicted felon. Johnson has a history of violent crime, including homicide. 

According to a police report, one of the Harri's daughters told police that Alberta Harris and Eugene Johnson had an "on again, off again" relationship. The report goes on to say Johnson would stop by the Harri's home and leave letters for Alberta, one of them saying "If I can't have you, no one can" -- threats and actions that her daughter Ebony can't comprehend. 

"I'm mad. I didn't see a point in it. My mom never hurt no one" she said. 

Johnson's neighbors told Four In Your Corner that Johnson was sociable, but sometimes rubbed people the wrong way. Most of the community know him at South Broadmoor as the guy who kept the swimming pool area clean. 

Now Johnson is being charged with second degree murder and possession of a weapon by a convicted felon. Fox 4 is also learning Johnson had trouble with the law in the past. Johnson's criminal history shows he was charged with second degree murder back in 1987 after killing his lover, he spent 7 years in prison. 

Now more years behind bars await Johnson as Alberta Harris' daughters try to more on from the devastating reality of losing thier mother. 

"He took something precious from me. He took my mother from me, someone I'll never get back."