Murder victim's mother asks state to remove daughter's image from playing cards used in prisons

A Bridgeport woman whose daughter was murdered in 2007 asked state officials today to remove her picture from a deck of playing cards meant to help solve cold cases. Sharon Johnson says she never gave

News 12 Staff

May 31, 2014, 12:06 AM

Updated 3,703 days ago

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A Bridgeport woman whose daughter was murdered in 2007 asked state officials today to remove her picture from a deck of playing cards meant to help solve cold cases.
Sharon Johnson says she never gave the state permission to use her daughter's photo. State officials say the playing cards are the only kind that inmates in Connecticut prisons are allowed to use. The idea behind putting photographs of murder victims on the cards is to get them in front of convicts who might help police solve cold cases, according to officials.
Johnson, whose daughter was shot in the head, says she has no faith in the idea and wants her daughter's picture removed. She added that she had not known in advance that her dauther, Rotisha Carrol, would appear on the cards. ?
However, state officials say Sharon Johnson signed a consent form that clearly stated that Carrol's image would be used on playing cards.
They say the cards have been useful in solving other homicide cases in the past.
UPDATE: A previous version of this story did not include the information that state officials tell us Johnson had signed a consent form that allowed them to use the photo. That information came in just moments before the story aired.


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