DALLAS COP ARRESTED IN IRVIN MURDER PLOT
Published June 28, 1996
Dallas police officer JOHNNIE HERNANDEZ, who had been subpoenaed to testify in the MICHAEL IRVIN drug trial, was arrested on charges he tried to hire a hit man to kill the Cowboys wide receiver, according to the FORT WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM. Allegedly, Hernandez was upset with Irvin's involvement with ROCHELLE SMITH, whom he listed in booking records as his common- law wife with the same address. Smith had testified before the Dallas County grand jury that indicted Irvin on felony cocaine and misdemeanor marijuana charges (Lewis and Hanna, FORT WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM, 6/28). A source familiar with the investigation told the WASHINGTON POST that Hernandez also had a connection with one of the two women indicted along with Irvin. The source said Hernandez passed along between $3,000-5,000 to an undercover DEA agent to have Irvin killed (WASHINGTON POST, 6/28). Revelations about the murder-for-hire plot could prompt a mistrial in the Irvin case, as it will make it difficult to pick an impartial jury from the pool already called for the trial (Linda Campbell, FORT WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM, 6/28).