Nashville man charged with stabbing ex-boyfriend to death in 2006 arrested again

Eric Johnson-Metro Nashville Police

NASHVILLE, Tenn.--A Nashville man previously indicted for stabbing his ex-boyfriend to death was arrested on Monday for allegedly chasing his current boyfriend with a knife.

According to the Metro Nashville Police arrest affidavit for Eric Lydell Johnson, police where dispatched to a Gallatin Pike location for a person with a weapon call. Police met with the current boyfriend who informed officers Johnson fled the scene.

According to the boyfriend, he and Johnson were in the car together when Johnson accused the man of cheating on him. Johnson allegedly started striking the man in the head and the boyfriend exited the car. After exiting, the boyfriend says Johnson pulled out a knife/box cutter and started chasing him around the car.

The boyfriend says Johnson stated "B****, I'm going to kill you just like I killed my ex. I took one life, and I'll take another."

The man says he fled the scene and called police. Once Johnson saw the boyfriend on the phone, Johnson fled after being picked up by an unknown individual.

Johnson was arrested by Metro Police and faces a charge of aggravated assault.

His comments to the boyfriend are corroborated based on an arrest affidavit from December 2006. The document states on December 1, police responded to a Chapel Avenue residence where they found a young black male lying with a stab wound to the chest.

The man was transported to Vanderbilt University Medical Center where he was pronounced dead. Police interviewed Johnson who admitted to stabbing the man and that the two had been dating.

Police say Johnson stated the two were arguing before the stabbing because Johnson believed the boyfriend had a female in his residence. Records show Johnson was charged with criminal homicide in the case but records state he pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of voluntary manslaughter.

Records indicate this is not the first time Johnson has boasted about the killing. According to an arrest affidavit in 2015, Johnson was holding a knife and told his current boyfriend he had "killed before and he would kill again."

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