Features : Zainab Balogun Stars In Stanlee Ohikhuare’s Latest Movie – “VERDICT” Nigerian filmmaker Stanlee Ohikhuare and TV personality Zainab Balogun collaborate on an short film titled Verdict.The 9-minute clip is based on the death of LaVena Johnson, who joined the Army, like her father and grandfather before her. In May 2005 the Army sent her to Iraq. On July 17th she talked to her mother by telephone. She seemed in good spirits. She talked about coming home for Christmas: “Don’t decorate the tree without me.” She told her mother. On July 19th a soldier with a black book knocked on her parents’s door. He regretfully informed them of their daughter’s death. Her 20th birthday became her wake.
Her death was brutal, she was beat up, raped, shot in the head and then dragged to a storage tent that was set on fire to destroy the evidence.The first autopsy report said that LaVena committed suicide by shooting herself in the head with her M-16 gun, but the gunshot was on the left side of her head, LaVena was right handed.
CBS News then paid for a second autopsy. After herbody was exhumed, it was discovered that parts of her tongue, vagina and anus were missing and her neck was broken – all which was not reported in the original autopsy.