• 48°
franklin county times

Grogan family prepared for parole hearing

By By Marianne Todd/The Meridian Star
April 19, 2001
Family members of Eileen Grogan will ask the Mississippi Parole Board today to keep the man convicted of her murder behind bars.
Nineteen years after her death, Grogan's name is still remembered throughout Meridian. At 57, she was the victim of a brutal homicide at the hands of a habitual criminal, Leon Johnson.
It was Dec. 4, 1982, six months after Johnson had been paroled on an Alabama rape conviction, that Grogan's life came to an end.
She had been a Super Stop convenience store employee for 15 years, and ran the Eighth Street business as if she owned it herself, said her son, Raymond Grogan.
Eileen Grogan encountered Johnson when he stopped at the store after leaving a downtown nightclub.
At 5 feet 4 inches tall and weighing roughly 90 pounds, Grogan was no match for Johnson, who killed her by beating her head repeatedly against a metal beam. Johnson then dragged Grogan's body to a room at the rear of the store, draped Grogan's work coat over his shoulder and began to wait on customers.
Carl Maloney, a police officer on duty that night, came into the store to check out suspicious reports. Before Maloney could react, Johnson allegedly had pulled his gun, shot him twice and fled the scene.
Johnson was never convicted of shooting Maloney since Maloney could not identify him and the gun was never found.
A few weeks after the murder, Choctaw County, Ala., Sheriff Donald Lolley arrested Johnson. He remembers the incident well.
Johnson was convicted of capital murder by a Lauderdale County jury and placed on death row in December 1982. Four years later, Mississippi Supreme Court justices overturned the conviction based on pretrial publicity. Johnson was granted a new trial and a change of venue.
Crane's sister, Rita Crane, will also attend the hearing.
Johnson's last parole hearing was in 1997. He was not due for another until 2002, but because of a change in parole board members, the new board must review all cases denied by the previous board.
Grogan said he has prepared a message for the new parole board members.
Marianne Todd is a staff writer for The Meridian Star. E-mail her at mtodd@themeridianstar.com.

Franklin County

PROGRESS 2024: American Legion Posts 64 and 120 – ‘Veterans Strengthening America’

Franklin County

RHS graduate crowned Miss Northwest Shoals

Franklin County

RHS graduate crowned Miss UNA

Franklin County

PROGRESS 2024: In memoriam – Monuments honor the fallen of Franklin

High School Sports

RHS senior chosen as Bryant-Jordan Region 8 Scholar winner

High School Sports

Russellville High School ladies soccer team members participate in annual Night to Shine

News

Russellville High School Scholars Bowl team qualifies for state tournament

News

Vina kindergarteners connect with lots of other classes

News

PCHS JAG student places in district conference

Features

Wedding Spotlight: Layne and Frank Edwards

Franklin County

RHS senior competes at state DYW competition

News

Extension, 4-H present free resume workshop

Franklin County

Franklin County has lots to love

High School Sports

Russellville High School honors alum Luther Tiggs with special night of basketball

News

BTCPA announces second production of season

News

RMS holds annual state assessment celebration

Franklin County

Red Bay welcomes new city attorney

Franklin County

Attempted traffic stop leads to high-speed vehicle pursuit, wreck 

Franklin County

Vehicle pursuit ends in wreck, arrest 

News

RFD, RHS collab promotes job readiness, community safety

Franklin County

Local students named to Mississippi State University’s fall 2023 President’s List

News

Russellville Elementary features among U.S. News & World Report best elementary schools

News

RCS receives recognition as finalist for national award

News

Plans get underway to raise funds for cancer research in memory of Bedfords

x