Saturday, June 23, 2018
Public safety

Boyfriend confesses in Holiday woman's death

HOLIDAY — Sometime over the weekend, deputies say, Randy Scott Johnson taped a note on a sliding glass door at his mother's house.

Johnson wrote that he'd "done a terrible thing," detectives said. He asked that his mother stay out of the house and wait for deputies to go inside. He asked her to take care of his children.

Then he drove to the Land O'Lakes jail Sunday morning and walked up the long ramp leading to the front doors. To a deputy outside, he confessed to killing his girlfriend.

Tiffany Michelle Currier began dating Johnson about a year ago, detectives said. Johnson, 33, had four teenagers from a previous relationship. Currier had a young girl. They were in love, Johnson would tell investigators. But court records show a troubled relationship.

Currier was arrested in Pinellas County on Aug. 5, her birthday, charged with domestic violence and criminal mischief. Johnson filed a domestic violence injunction against her but dropped it.

Investigators said Johnson appeared to be between homes. He and Currier spent the week at his mother's house at 1661 Roundtree Drive, a stucco home off U.S. 19 with worn beige paint, angel lawn ornaments and a rock with the word "Peace" painted on it in a front-window planter.

Nancy Asencio, who lives across the street from the home, never heard them argue. She said she remembers Currier as a beautiful, loving mother who was good to Johnson.

"Randy was Randy, and men are men," she said. "He was as good as he could be."

On Friday night, investigators said, Johnson and Currier went to drink at Mustang Sally's and Slims. No one at either bar on Monday remembered seeing them. The couple came home around 1 a.m. Saturday. No one else was in the home. At some point between then and 6 a.m., investigators say, Johnson killed Currier in the home's northeast bedroom. The cause of death has not been released.

The murder weapon listed in reports: an electrical cord.

Johnson wrapped Currier's body in bedding and a plastic tarp, the report states. Neighbors said they saw the windows propped open for two days, then police cars and a forensics van.

Johnson is being held on a first-degree murder charge at the Land O'Lakes jail without bail.

"With what we have found, there was violence," sheriff's Detective Chris Meizo said. "There wasn't significant blood evidence, but again it was a traumatic scene."

Currier's family could not be reached Monday. On her Facebook wall, friends posted condolences. They added photos of her breezy smiles alongside friends. Some commenters vilified Johnson. Most just wanted to tell Courrier they loved her.

Times researcher Natalie Watson contributed to this report. Contact Alex Orlando at [email protected] or (727) 869-6247.

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