Jonesboro shooter asks to be released, pending state trial - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Jonesboro shooter asks to be released, pending state trial

BENTONVILLE, Ark. (AP) - A man convicted as a boy in the Jonesboro school shootings 10 years ago was back in court today on new state charges unrelated to the earlier crimes in which four students and a teacher were killed.

Now 23, Mitchell Johnson faces charges in Benton County Circuit Court of felony theft and fraud. Judge Tom Keith refused to reduce Johnson's $50,000 bail in the case but set a June 9 hearing for Johnson to renew his request and present evidence. A trial date is June 24.

Johnson claims he was mistreated in the Benton County jail, but Chief Deputy Prosecutor Shane Wilkinson objected to Johnson's request to be released on his own recognizance, saying the prosecution has no evidence of any mistreatment.

Johnson also has holds on him for a recent federal conviction of owning a gun while being a user of or addicted to a controlled substance. He has yet to be sentenced. In addition, he faces a charge in Washington County.

Johnson and Andrew Golden were found guilty in juvenile court in the school deaths at Westside Middle School near Jonesboro and spent time in juvenile detention until they turned 18. They moved then into federal custody until federal authorities released them when they turned 21.


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