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Texas A&M's Thomas Johnson admits to killing Dallas jogger say police

  • Ex-Aggie wide receiver Thomas Johnson, 21, admitted killing jogger who was found Monday morning on White Rock Creek Trail in Dallas, police say
  • Unidentified male jogger found around 8am Monday and taken to hospital 
  • Died at the hospital from 'injuries consistent with a large-edged weapon'
  • Johnson was charged with murder after being arrested at the scene
  • Told detectives he 'was angry' and he 'just picked somebody to murder'
  • High school All-American played ten games at A&M but left school in 2012 
  • Caught three passes from Johnny Manziel in 2012 win over No 1 Alabama

By Evan Bleier For Dailymail.com

Published: 21:27 EST, 12 October 2015 | Updated: 01:11 EST, 13 October 2015

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A 21-year-old who was an All-American in high school before leaving to play wide receiver at Texas A&M for the Aggies has been charged with murder for hacking a random jogger to death in Dallas. 

Thomas Johnson killed the jogger with a machete on Monday morning along the White Rock Creek Trail and then called 911 to report the stabbing, said Dallas police Deputy Chief Rob Sherwin.

After Johnson, who last played for A&M in 2012 with Johnny Manziel at quarterback, was arrested, he told detectives he 'was angry about a situation and he just picked somebody to murder.'

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Thomas Johnson was arrested Monday in Dallas
Thomas Johnson is charged with murder

Thomas Johnson (seen in mugshot left, in 2012 right) was accused of murder on Monday by Dallas police

Johnson, who played football for Texas A&M in 2012, admitted killing a jogger at random, according to police 

Johnson, who played football for Texas A&M in 2012, admitted killing a jogger at random, according to police 

After killing the jogger with a machete on White Rock Creek Trail (above) on Monday, Johnson called 911

After killing the jogger with a machete on White Rock Creek Trail (above) on Monday, Johnson called 911

The jogger, who was not been identified at this time, was transported to Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital and he died of injuries 'consistent with a large-edged weapon', NBC Dallas reported. 

Deputy Sherwin said: 'It appears that Mr Johnson picked this victim at random. 

Johnson, 21, caught 30 passes for 339 yards  at A&M

Johnson, 21, caught 30 passes for 339 yards at A&M

'It's absolutely random. He just attacked him. He told our homicide detectives that he was angry about a situation and he just picked somebody to murder. 

'I believe there's more to that story. It's just very unusual. It's quite shocking.'

A cyclist who was riding on the trail reported seeing the attack take place. 

The witness said: 'As I get closer and closer I could tell it was a machete and there are repeated blows that are occurring.

'It was apparent to me by the time I got close that there was nothing that could be done for the person.' 

The A&M dropout was on probation after being charged with evading arrest, burglary and auto theft last year, but his probation was at risk because of marijuana use, the Dallas Morning News reported.

He mysteriously left the Aggies after making three catches for 22 yards in A&M's 29-24 win against No 1 Alabama in 2012, but was located back in his hometown of Dallas after a 48-hour search.

During the bizarre incident, Johnson vanished one hour before A&M was set to practice and the college listed him as 'missing' on the front of its website, My San Antonio reported. 

Police found him wandering the street around 3am and he never returned to college or the football field - or said why. 

Johnny Manziel (above in 2015) was the quarterback for A&M in 2012 when Johnson played for the Aggies

Johnny Manziel (above in 2015) was the quarterback for A&M in 2012 when Johnson played for the Aggies

One of his teammates, running back Tra Carson, said: 'When Thomas disappeared - that was shocking,

'I didn't know what was going on at the time, and to this day, I don't really know what happened.'  

Johnson ended up withdrawing from school following a productive freshman season where he caught 30 passes for 339 yards and a touchdown over the course of ten games, ESPN reported. 

In addition to Manziel, the 2012 squad also boasted NFL talents Mike Evans and Christine Michael. 

The wideout was an Under Armour All-American coming out of Dallas Skyline High School and was ranked as the No 3 receiver in the US when he signed with A&M after first committing to play for Texas.

Police said the murder involving Johnson is not connected to the killing on an 18-year-old girl who was found dead in a minivan in a creek near the trail about a half hour after the jogger was found.

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