Cuyahoga County

Suspects Who Killed College Professor and Teen Sentenced


Two suspects responsible for killing a local college professor and a teen boy were sentenced on Wednesday.

In March, Kassius Williams and Charles Walker, were in a vehicle traveling west on Woodland Avenue near East 89th Street when they opened fire on a Saturn with four males inside.

Two people were killed in the gunfire. Tywan Johnson, a 15-year-old male passenger in the Saturn, died of a gunshot wound to the head; a second victim, 61-year-old David Wilder, was struck by a stray bullet as he traveled west on Woodland.

Tywan's mother, Tiffany Johnson, spoke about her son during court proceedings on Wednesday. She said the teen frequently volunteered at nonprofits and would give his friends the shirt off his back.

Last month, 19-year-old Williams plead guilty to aggravated murder and felonious assault. A jury found Walker guilty of aggravated murder, murder, felonious assault, discharge of a firearm on or near prohibited premises, and improperly handling firearms in a motor vehicle. These charges carry gun and drive-by specifications.

On Wednesday, Judge Timothy McCormick sentenced Walker to 66 years to life in prison. Williams was sentenced to 71 years to life in prison.

Trial for third suspect, Terrell Gray, begins in January.

View courtroom video from FOX8 here.