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Final testimony planned Wednesday for rare public John Doe case


MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - Final testimony is planned Wednesday in a rare public John Doe proceeding to help prosecutors decide whether to file charges in the death of a Milwaukee County mental health patient.

Tuesday, two medical examiners testified that Brandon Johnson could have been saved, if the doctors who first examined him knew he had a broken neck.

The 25-year-old Johnson died last October, soon after being admitted to the Milwaukee County Mental Health Complex.

Assistant District Attorney Mark Williams said it’s possible that Johnson broke his neck when jumped off his bed, tried to a kick out a window, and then fell to the floor. A deputy county medical examiner and an outside specialist both said Williams’ theory was possible – since he protested loudly when he was first taken there.

Johnson was at the mental health complex for three days, and he refused to answer questions about his injury at the time.

Doctors first thought he was faking it. The medical examiners said if Johnson had been treated with blood thinners within a day after he got there, he could have survived – but he still would have been paralyzed.