Wisconsin man convicted in taxi driver homicide
Suspect agrees to 'no contest' plea
LA CROSSE, Wis. — A Wisconsin man who led police on a chase in a stolen cab has been convicted in the death of the 79-year-old driver, whose body was found in the trunk.
Timmy Johnson Jr. pleaded no contest to a reduced charge of first-degree reckless homicide, kidnapping and armed robbery with use of force. He was accused in the June 12 robbery and death of Platteville taxi driver Merle Forbes.
Police say Johnson was high on PCP when he called a cab near the University of Platteville to take him a secluded area, where he planned to kill himself. A criminal complaint says Johnson attacked Forbes with a stolen knife because he was worried the driver would harm him.
The La Crosse Tribune reports the six felony charges that were dismissed will still be considered during Johnson’s sentencing at the end of January.