Eight-time felon convicted of murder, rape of two women abandoned in Atlanta home

Ardentric Johnson (Credit: Fulton County jail) /

Ardentric Johnson (Credit: Fulton County jail) /

Heather Camp was found dead on a back-room floor of a house wrapped in a bed sheet.

Her legs were spread open and mouth was wrapped with duct tape.

Hours later, Atlanta police found Nicole Sartell’s body badly decomposed with strangulation marks on her neck.

Now, nearly three years after their bodies were discovered, a jury found Ardentric Dion Johnson guilty of their murders.

Johnson, an eight-time felon, was also convicted of rape, aggravated sodomy, aggravated assault, false imprisonment and concealing a dead body in the December 19, 2014 discovery inside a Madrona Street home in northwest Atlanta, the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office said.

Johnson’s mother made the first discovery when she walked inside the abandoned home, known for illicit activity, authorities said.

Investigators discovered that Camp, 33, was badly beaten, sexually assaulted and strangled, Fulton District Attorney spokesman Dexter Bond Jr. said.

Officials didn’t find 31-year-old Sartell’s body until after a search warrant was secured for the home, according to a police report. She had been missing for four months.

During the investigation, officers discovered the women were last seen with Johnson, who stayed at the home — owned by his family — with no running water or electricity and was known in the community as a “drug house,” Bond said.

Police caught up with Johnson a week and a half later and served him with murder warrants at the Fulton County jail, where he was being held for a probation violation.

Johnson had been in and out of the Fulton County jail since 1996 on battery, forgery, false imprisonment and drug charges. Under Georgia law, as a recidivist, Johnson will be sentenced Friday to life without the possibility of parole.

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