DOTHAN, Ala (WDHN)— The defense for former Houston County Assistant DA Mark Johnson is asking the state to reveal the identities of the whistleblowers that led to Johnson’s arrest and charges.

According to the court motion filed on October 13, the information requested is important for Johnson receiving a fair trial, equal protection, and reliable sentencing.

The motion also requests any evidence of bias be revealed to the defense.

“For these reasons, the defendant respectfully requests that this Court enter an order requiring the State to reveal the information set out in his motion, including the identity of all informants and the immunity, consideration, and promises given or promised by the State within fourteen days from the date an order is entered,” states the court motion.

Earlier this week, two new attorneys were added to Johnson’s defense team. Stephen T. Etheridge and Jennifer Joyce Tompkins will join Attorney Dustin Fowler.

Johnson turned himself into the Houston County Jail on October 6 and was fired from the Houston County District Attorney’s office later that day. He is currently out on a $180,000 bond.

He is currently facing six ethics violations charges:

  • Count 1 charges Johnson with soliciting “a female companion or escort” from a criminal defendant (Witness One) for the purpose of corruptly influencing official action in her criminal case(s);
  • Count 2 charges Johnson with “soliciting picture(s), or female companionship, or sexual contact” from a criminal defendant (Witness Two) for the purpose of corruptly influencing official action in her criminal case(s);
  • Count 3 charges Johnson with “soliciting picture(s), or female companionship, or sexual contact” from a criminal defendant (Witness Three) for the purpose of corruptly influencing official action in her criminal case(s);
  • Count 4 charges Johnson with using his position as an ADA to obtain “a female companion or escort” from Witness One;
  • Count 5 charges Johnson with using his position as an ADA to obtain “sexual picture(s)” from Witness Two;
  • Count 6 charges Johnson with using his position as an ADA to obtain “sexual contact or sexual picture(s)” from Witness Three.

In February 2022, Johnson was accused of entering an illegal online relationship with a past client, Jamie Connolly, 52.

Connolly was arrested in early 2022 on charges of drug trafficking, possession of marijuana, and possession of heroin.

After her arrest, Connolly wrote a letter to the court alleging that Houston County Prosecutor Mark Johnson had friended her on Facebook in October of 2021 and the two began having an “online relationship”. Johnson was the prosecutor in one of Connolly’s court cases in 2019.