October trial date set for Johnson - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

October trial date set for Johnson

BENTONVILLE, Ark. (AP) - A circuit judge has set an October trial date for Jonesboro school shooter Mitch Johnson on unrelated theft and drug counts.

Circuit Judge Tom Keith had earlier canceled a June 24th trial date for Johnson, who faces felony theft and identity fraud charges, along with drug possession. Police say Johnson took a debit card left by a disabled man at a gas station where Johnson worked. Keith set the new trial date for Oct. 7 at 8:30 a.m.

Last month Keith approved a defense request for a mental evaluation for Johnson.

In 1998, Johnson, then 13, and Andrew Golden, then 11, were arrested in the shooting deaths of four schoolmates and a teacher at Westside Middle School. They were found guilty in juvenile court, detained until they turned 18, then transferred to federal custody. Federal authorities released the two when they turned 21.

 

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