Man charged with killing taxi driver

NOTE: Corrected version of Associated Press story

Thursday, August 7, 2014

LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) -- Criminal charges have been filed in La Crosse County against a man accused of killing a cab driver and leading police on a high-speed chase.

Prosecutors say Timmy Johnson Jr. admitted killing 79-year-old Merle Forbes in June after calling him for a cab ride near the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. Johnson is accused of stabbing Forbes and putting him in the trunk of the taxi.

A criminal complaint says Johnson got behind the wheel and stopped for pizza. The La Crosse Tribune (http://bit.ly/1u0DQ1g ) reports the complaint says Johnson could hear the dying man moaning in the trunk as he headed for La Crosse. Police say Johnson fled from a La Crosse police officer who had checked the vehicle's registration. Authorities say speeds reached 115 mph before Johnson hit an SUV in Holmen and was arrested.

Copyright Associated Press 2014


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