The Houston photographer was arrested on Tuesday for posing in a Facebook photo that featured a woman who had been dead for two days and who had died of a heart attack.
Police arrested David D. Johnson, 52, of San Antonio, after an investigation found he posted the photo with the caption: “I’m just in the mood to get a photo.
I had the heart attack and I’m dying.”
Johnson was arrested Tuesday and is charged with criminal contempt, according to a criminal complaint filed in the Harris County District Attorney’s Office.
Police found Johnson’s body after the woman’s mother called police to report Johnson had overdosed and passed out in her car.
The body was taken to the Houston Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy.
Police said Johnson’s posts on the social networking site included the caption “I am just in time to get some pictures of the day” and “I have a heart beat.
Can I get some pics?
I just have one of the nurses on call.”
The woman in the photo was identified as Kayla C. Johnson.
Johnson’s arrest comes on the heels of a Houston Police Department report released last month that showed the death of the woman, Kayla L. Johnson of the 5100 block of West Olive Street, in February 2017.
According to the police report, Johnson and another man, William C. Clements, were seen walking to a nearby gas station at 1:55 a.m. when Johnson began taking pictures of a white woman sitting on the curb.
Johnson said he noticed a white sedan in front of the women car and pulled over to get his camera.
He said he then saw the white woman, who was not wearing a seat belt, slumped over the seat of the car.
He reported that the woman was breathing but that her heart was still beating.
Civers was driving the white sedan, which was later found to have been running a faulty air pump, police said.
He was charged with felony intoxication manslaughter.
Police released no other details about the woman in Johnson’s photo.
The arrest comes after Johnson, who has lived in Texas for about 20 years, had previously posted on social networking sites about his efforts to document and photograph dead bodies in the state.
On his Facebook page in December, Johnson posted: “My first photo of a body was of a dead body.
Now it’s time to do a photo of another dead body.”
The Houston Chronicle was first to report the arrest.