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Johnson found guilty of girlfriend's murder in Cambria County

David Johnson was found guilty of first- and second-degree murder Wednesday for criminal homicide of Allison Vaughn in 2015. (WJAC)

EBENSBURG - David Johnson was found guilty of first- and second-degree murder Wednesday in the death of Allison Vaughn.

Judge Patrick Kiniry made the announcement around 2 p.m. at the Cambria County Courthouse.

James Vaughn, father of the victim, said justice was served with the ruling.

"I could just dance and sing," he said. "Allison is probably doing the same."

The penalty phase is set to begin Thursday.

Police testified that when they went to the couple’s apartment in Richland Township in March 2015, they found Vaughn stabbed, strangled and naked from the waist down.

Police said they also found evidence of sexual assault after her death.

On an audio tape played at trial, the 37-year-old Johnson explained how he used duct tape on Vaughn’s hands and feet so she couldn’t call anyone.

When she started to struggle, Johnson told police he stabbed her twice before wrapping a cord around her neck and pulling it until she stopped moving.

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