NYPD busts second suspect in fatal shooting of lovestruck Bronx juror

Cops busted another suspect this week in the fatal shooting of a Bronx woman who once became smitten with a killer while serving as a juror at his trial, authorities said.

Andrew Johnson, 28, was arrested Thursday for fatally shooting 29-year-old Katherine Diop and wounding her 31-year-old brother, cops said Friday.

Diop was struck in the torso, and her brother was hit multiple times, police said.

Both victims were taken to St. Barnabas Hospital, where Diop was pronounced dead and her brother was listed in stable condition.

Diop, a mother to a 7-year-old daughter, had left a graduation party for her younger sister on the night of June 16 in Fordham Heights before she and her brother headed to a nearby deli to buy lighter fluid, friends told CBS New York.

Katherine Diop
Police said they arrested Andrew Johnson in connection with the killing of Katherine Diop (above).
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There, an argument erupted over music, community advocate Alpheaus Marcus told the network.

Diop was holding a BB gun at the time, cops said.

Johnson was charged with murder, attempted murder, manslaughter, assault, and criminal possession of a loaded firearm, cops said.

Jonathan Rosario, 24, was picked up earlier this month in connection to the case and charged with murder, manslaughter, criminal possession of a weapon, attempted murder, assault and criminal possession of a controlled substance, police said.

Police at the scene where two people were shot on E194th Street at Marion Avenue in the Bronx, NY around 11:30 p.m. on June 16, 2021.
Diop’s brother was also shot multiple times and was injured in the shooting.
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Diop had been a juror in the 2012 trial of Devon Thomas, who was charged with fatally shooting Abdoul Toure, an African immigrant and aspiring basketball player, in 2008.

When the case went to deliberations, Diop voted to acquit, resulting in a hung jury.

After the mistrial, she visited Thomas more than 30 times in jail and even showed up in court to support him during his retrial, where he was convicted of manslaughter and weapon possession.

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