Clearwater woman facing manslaughter charge in death of boyfriend

Johnson, 51, is facing one count of manslaughter.

CLEARWATER, Fl. (WFLA) – A 51-year-old Bay area woman is facing manslaughter charges in the death of her boyfriend.

Elise Vernell Johnson was booked into the Pinellas County Jail where she is being held on a bond of $100,000. The victim has been identified as 58-year-old Donald Elford Barnes.

According to a Clearwater Police Department report officers were dispatched to 1710 North Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. just after 8 am Saturday in response to a domestic dispute call. Barnes was pronounced dead at the scene.

Investigators say Johnson – who also goes by the name Wlsie Vernell Adams – stabbed Elfers several times but did not call 9-1-1 for assistance. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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