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Funeral Home Owner At Center Of Dead Bodies Investigation Arrested

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Mugshot of Dondre Johnson, (credit: Tarrant County Jail)

Mugshot of Dondre Johnson, (credit: Tarrant County Jail)

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FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – One of the twin brothers at the center of a controversy involving the discovery of several unattended dead bodies at an abandoned Fort Worth funeral home has been arrested.

Tarrant County Constables confirmed to CBS 11 News that Dondre’ Johnson was leaving his home, apparently head to church, when he was taken into custody.

The arrest is in no way related to the recent events at the once Johnson Family Mortuary in Fort Worth. Johnson was booked into the Tarrant County Jail facing charges for non-payment of child support.

Dondre’ and his twin brother Derrick are co-owners of the funeral home where eight dead bodies, including two children, were discovered by a landlord on July 15. Johnson Family Mortuary had received a notice to vacate the building two weeks before the discovery.

Dondre’ Johnson actually spoke with CBS 11 News hours after the bodies were taken to the Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s office.

“We’ve done nothing… you’ll see we are right,” he said. “I have some embalmed bodies back there, which ya’ll had seen them bring out. They were already in the casket; already had a funeral [and] one was ready to go to Nairobi.”

At the time of the interview Johnson said the landlord was the cause of the confusion and blamed the owners for trying to kick him out of the business.

Five of the eight bodies discovered have been identified, but homicide detectives are still investigating the incident.

No bail has been set for the child support arrest and Dondre’ Johnson, 39, remains in jail.

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