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Heritage Ranch murder suspect enters not guilty plea

Posted at 6:43 PM, Apr 03, 2019

The man accused of murdering his pregnant girlfriend at their home in Heritage Ranch last month entered a not guilty plea on Wednesday.

Daniel Raul Rodriguez Johnson, 31, is charged with two counts of murder for the deaths of Carrington Broussard and their unborn child.

Broussard, 27, was nine months pregnant at the time of her death in March. She was reportedly found stabbed to death.

Johnson also faces charges of carjacking, evading a peace officer, theft of a law enforcement vehicle, resisting arrest, and exhibiting a deadly weapon.

He was arrested after authorities say he crashed his car with his two young daughters inside, then stole the car of a California Highway Patrol officer who had responded to the crash. They say Johnson then led officers on a chase from Templeton to San Simeon, where he drove into some bushes and came out of the vehicle holding a utility knife. Officers reportedly shot him with a less-lethal shotgun round and took him into custody. Broussard’s body was found when deputies checked on their home after Johnson’s arrest.

Johnson is due back in court in June.

If convicted, the San Luis Obispo County District Attorney’s Office says he could face up to life in prison without parole or the death penalty.

Daniel Raul Rodriguez Johnson appears in court for his initial arraignment on March 7, 2019. (KSBY photo)