Accused killer released for lack of evidence

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Eugene Johnson

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Eugene Johnson, the accused killer of Alberta Harris, was released from jail earlier this week due to a lack of evidence.

The state never charged Johnson, even though the FDLE provided two volumes of case files to the state one month ago.

Alberta Harris was reported missing five months ago until her body was found in the woods 10 days later along the Hendry Lee County line.

It took law enforcement four months to arrest arrest Johnson, who was in an on and off again relationship with Harris.

But after 40 days in the Hendry County Jail, Johnson was released, the state citing that there was not enough evidence to keep him behind bars.

The State Attorney’s office held a press conference today, saying they’ve met with FDLE several times to discuss the case and the obstacles in prosecuting the case.

“We will continue to work with FDLE to try to reach a successful prosecution to hold the perpetrator of Alberta Harris’s murder accountable,” state attorney Steve Russel said.

Since charges were not filed while Johnson was in jail, he is now a free man.

Eugene has also been convicted of three felonies in the state of Florida and stabbed a former lover to death 30 years ago.

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