Man who killed girlfriend in homeless camp convicted of murder

Danny Johnson

COLUMBUS (WCMH) – A man was convicted of killing his girlfriend in a south Columbus homeless camp after a four-day jury trial.

Danny Lee Johnson, 35, was convicted of two counts of murder, one count of domestic violence and one count of tampering with evidence.

Police say Johnson killed his girlfriend, 46-year-old Cathleen Howatt, April 19, 2016 in her tent at a homeless camp located along the Scioto River near West Mound and Short streets.

According to a coroner’s report, Howatt was strangled to death.

Johnson was sentenced to life, with the possibility of parole after 15 years. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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