The Yolo County DA’s office has not filed charges against John Paul Johnson in connection with the death of Crystal Marie Apodaca, found dead by police on Friday morning in her apartment. The DA is, according to sources, waiting until they learn the cause of death.
In the meantime, Mr. Johnson is being held on a violation of probation charge. The DA’s office told other publications they are continuing their investigation and are not prepared at this time to file charges.
The coroner’s office on Tuesday did identify the woman as Crystal Apodaca, in her thirties. Police found her dead on Friday morning at her residence at the Pacifico Cooperative Community in South Davis.
At approximately 9:00 a.m., Davis Police officers responded to the Pacifico Cooperative housing located at 1752 Drew Circle in Davis after a deceased female in her 30’s was located inside her room.
Based on initial observations, the responding officers quickly considered the death and attendant circumstances to be suspicious in nature, warranting a homicide investigation.
Mr. Johnson was arrested at 3 pm on Friday on homicide charges related to the death.
The Davis Enterprise interviewed Mr. Johnson at the jail and he told the paper that he and the victim were using methamphetamine in his room when she overdosed. He told the paper that the victim had used more meth than usual and began flailing about. Eventually both Mr. Johnson and the victim passed out.
“When I woke up she was dead, stiff and cold,” Mr. Johnson told the paper. “It’s so sad, someone that you love, who is so warm. It was ugly.”
He then moved her back to her room, stating that he had panicked, rather than calling the police right away.
Mr. Johnson will remain in custody for a few months related to a March 1 probation violation for possessing meth.
While the coroner’s office performed an autopsy on Monday, officials are awaiting for the results of the toxicology report before determining the cause and manner of death.
—David M. Greenwald reporting