New charges have been filed against the man who led
La Crosse police on a high speed chase with a body
in the trunk of the vehicle.
26-year-old Timmy Johnson Junior now faces charges
in Grant County of first degree intentional homicide.
along with kidnapping and armed robbery.
News Eight's Kyle Dimke has been following this story
and joins us now with more.
In the criminal complaint filed this week in Grant
Johnson admits to officers
he killed 79-year-old Platteville
taxi driver Merle Forbes.
Forbes was the owner of the stolen vehicle Johnson
was driving when he fled police back in June.
Johnson is currently on trial in La Crosse County.
but now that more serious charges are filed in Grant
Johnson may be on his way back to where he started.
The Grant County jail.
What led to this crash scene and high speed chase
in La Crosse County.
started June 12-th in Grant County when Timmy Johnson
Jr was relased from jail.
According to the Grant County criminal complaint Johnson
was high on P-C-P when he got into the back of Merle
After driving with no destination.
Forbes became irritated.
The complaint says Johnson then
Graphic: reached over the
seat, grabbed Forbes forcefully,
pulling him over the front seat to the back seat getting
According to the complaint Johnson then...
Graphic: took out his knife and stabbed Frobes multiple
times in the front chest and head area.
After arriving in La Crosse.
Johnson was in a high speed chase with officers
Graphic: with the intent to crash his vehicle and
After crashing near Holmen.
Johnson Jr was questioned by officers...
Graphic: where he broke down.
became very emotional and started crying...
Graphic: telling officers quote I killed the person
in the trunk, I killed him unquote.
Now that charges have been filed in Grant County.
Johnson faces charges in two counties for the same
which is not uncommon for prosectuing attorney Tim
TG: 4- Quite often people have cases in more than
one county so we're used to shipping them from one
county to another to face charges and then move them
back-and-forth between jails to
face their court appearances