Timmy Johnson in Grant County Court

The man accused of killing a Platteville taxi driver made his initial appearance Thursday in Grant County Circuit Court.

26 year old Timmy Johnson Jr. is charged with first degree homicide, armed robbery and kidnapping in connection with the death of 79 year old Merle Forbes.

Johnson was arrested June 13th near La Crosse after authorities said he crashed the taxi and Forbes was found dead in the trunk.

Johnson’s next appearance in Grant County Court is scheduled for next week with a motion hearing on Wednesday and a preliminary hearing on Thursday.

Johnson was also sentenced Thursday to ten years in prison for three probation violations for previous convictions.  The sentences will be served consecutively

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