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New charges filed against man who killed taxi driver in theft-related crash

PLATTEVILLE, WI (WTAQ) - A 25-year-old man is due in court two weeks from Thursday on new charges that he car jacked a taxi in Platteville, put its driver in the trunk, and killed him in a crash near La Crosse.

According to online court records, Grant County prosectors filed charges of homicide, kidnapping, and armed robbery against Timmy Johnson Jr. He's also scheduled to stand trial October 13th on a half-dozen La Crosse County charges that include reckless endangerment and vehicle theft.

Officials said Johnson was released from jail just hours before he robbed and stabbed 79-year-old cab driver Merle Forbes, while Johnson was high on PCP in mid-June.

Prosecutors said Johnson feared that the cab driver was going to hurt him.

Police found the stolen cab in La Crosse. A chase ensued at speeds up to 115 miles an hour, and the cab rear-ended another vehicle before flipping over.

Forbes died in the trunk. Three people in the other vehicle had minor injuries.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)