Suspect arrested in 2013 murders of disabled woman and daughter

By: Nick Mordowanec | Fraser - Clinton Township Chronicle | Published August 20, 2020

 Tony Johnson

Tony Johnson


CLINTON TOWNSHIP — On Aug. 10, Clinton Township Police arrested Tony James Johnson, 40, for the alleged murders of Tina Geiger, 47, and her daughter Kristina, 11.

The pair was killed in July 2013, with what police described at the time as a “cutting instrument.” No weapon was reportedly ever found at the crime scene.

The bodies of the mother and daughter, who were both reportedly mentally disabled, were discovered in their apartment, on Metropolitan Parkway at Harper Avenue, by a security guard who checked on their well-being following a report that they had been missing for several days.

A 29-year-old man was arrested shortly after the discovery and was charged with lying to police in a violent crime investigation and obstructing a police officer. He was released on Oct. 29, 2013.

Johnson was arraigned Aug. 13 in 41-B District Court. He faces two counts of homicide open murder. He is being held at Macomb County Jail on a $1 million bond.

On Aug. 18, Clinton Township Police Lt. Dina Caringi said the investigation is ongoing and that the department has no further comment at this time.

Johnson’s court-appointed attorney, Randy Rodnick, said Aug. 18 that he was still waiting on discovery.

“It’s a cold case so I need to get everything they’ve got,” Rodnick said, adding that he couldn’t comment on any case specifics until he has the background information.

Johnson’s next scheduled court date is Aug. 24, for a probable cause conference.