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Man accused of stealing car with man in trunk found competent for trial

Preliminary hearing for Timmy Johnson, Jr. scheduled for July 16

Man accused of stealing car with man in truck found competent for trial

LA CROSSE, Wis. - The Grant County man charged with stealing a car with a man in the trunk who was dead at the scene is competent to stand trial.

A La Crosse County judge made that ruling about 25-year-old Timmy Johnson, Jr. in court Wednesday afternoon.

Both the state and Johnson's defense agreed. However, the defense raised some red flags, including a suicide attempt while in jail.

Johnson has been charged with three counts of recklessly endangering safety and stealing a car. The police report said Johnson led authorities on a high speed chase in that stolen car from La Crosse towards Holmen before crashing.

In the trunk police found 79-year-old Merle Forbes. He was declared dead at the scene. A preliminary autopsy shows assault to be the cause of death.

Johnson has not been charged with homicide. Johnson's preliminary hearing has been set for Wednesday, July 16.

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