Superior murder suspect released days before trial

By KBJR News 1

Superior murder suspect released days before trial

January 3, 2014 Updated Jan 3, 2014 at 6:36 PM CDT

Superior, WI (NNCNOW.com)--- The suspect accused of gunning down a Superior man in January of 2012 has been released from jail just three days before his murder trial was set to begin.

21-year-old Tiawain Johnson has been released on a $1 million dollar signature bond just days before his murder trial was expected to start in Superior.

Johnson pleaded not guilty to charges of first degree intentional homicide in connection to the death of Toriano Cooper in January of 20-12.

According to Douglas County District Attorney Dan Blank, Johnson has allegedly confessed to other inmates in jail to his role in the death of Cooper which has now pushed back the trial and could have a major impact on the case.

The new revelations have triggered follow-up into the alleged confessions and Blank says that one interview has led to another possible witness to the crime.

The Cooper case went cold for a year and a half before Johnson was located in Chicago and charged as a suspect in the murder .

Johnson was already in custody in Chicago on an unrelated charge when Superior Police asked for him to be held on the murder charge.

Detectives believe the shooting may have been drug related and that Cooper may have been involved in a robbery of Johnson a few weeks prior to the murder.

The trial has been pushed back and a status conference has now been scheduled for February 4 to determine a new trial date, if needed.

Written and posted to the web by Raeanna Marnati
rmarnati@kbjr.com

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