Victor Campbell Jr, who was seen on surveillance video stuffing his girlfriend’s body into a car trunk before leading police on a high-speed chase, has been charged with her murder, KHOU reports.
The chase began early on November 28 when a caller reported a reckless driver on Interstate 10, as CrimeOnline previously reported. A Texas state trooper tried to stop Campbell, but he sped away and eventually crashed in downtown Beaumont.
Campbell, 35, was taken to a hospital after the crash, and when officers inspected Campbell’s vehicle, they found the body of 28-year-old Briana Johnson of Dallas.
Jefferson County Justice of the Peace Ben Collins Sr said that Johnson died from “manual strangulation,” citing preliminary autopsy results, according to KHOU.
Campbell was initially charged with abuse of a corpse, tampering with evidence, driving while intoxicated, and evading arrest and was jailed after he was released from the hospital.
Evidence found in the vehicle led police to Johnson’s Dallas duplex, where Campbell also sometimes stayed.
Earlier this month, KTRK reported that Campbell used a sheet to cover a camera on the side of the duplex but didn’t cover a second camera. That video reportedly shows him backing Johnson’s car up to the door and loading her body into the trunk just before 5 a.m. on November 28.
For the latest true crime and justice news, subscribe to the ‘Crime Stories with Nancy Grace’ podcast. Listen to the latest episode.
[Featured image: Briana Johnson/GoFundMe]