Missouri White Supremacist Convicted of Stomping Murder
Posted: September 22, 2004
A white supremacist was convicted in St. Louis, Missouri, on second-degree murder and other charges for the stomping death of a man he thought was Jewish.
A jury convicted Kevin A. Johnson of second-degree murder and armed criminal action for the 2002 stomping death of Michael Schnelle. The verdict was handed down on September 17.
Johnson, 36, was convicted of stomping Schnelle's head with his work boots after a dispute broke out at a diner in September in 2002. According to witnesses, Johnson gave a Nazi salute, shouted "White Power" and called Schnelle a "Jew-boy" before attacking him outside of the diner.
Johnson's legs are covered by tattoos of a large swastika and a confederate flag. One witness testified that he pulled up his shorts to show the tattoos during the dispute inside the diner.
Schnelle, who according to family members was not Jewish, died one day after the attack.
Johnson, who was not charged under Missouri's hate crime law, faces a possible sentence of life in prison. Sentencing is scheduled for October 12.