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Man accused of stealing car with man in trunk headed to trial

Not guilty pleas entered on Timmy Johnson, Jr.'s behalf

Man accused of stealing car with man in trunk headed to trial

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) - The Grant County man charged with stealing a car with a man in the trunk and leading La Crosse police on a high speed chase stands mute in court Wednesday afternoon.

A La Crosse County judge entered not guilty pleas on 25-year-old Timmy Johnson Jr.'s behalf.

The police report stated Johnson crashed the stolen car just south of Holmen. In the trunk, police found the body of 79-year-old Merle Forbes.

A preliminary autopsy shows assault to be the cause of death.

Johnson's defense says a plea deal is in the works. He has not been charged with a homicide.

Johnson's next court appearance is September 4.


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