Prosecutors say the man accused of killing a taxi driver in Grant County had stiffed the victim for a $90 cab fare last year.
Timmy Johnson Jr. is accused of robbing and fatally stabbing 79-year-old Merle Forbes last Thursday, just hours after Johnson was released from jail. Officers say they found Forbes in the trunk of his cab after Johnson led them on a chase through La Crosse County that ended in a crash. He has not been formally charged.
The La Crosse Tribune reports Forbes picked up Johnson in Darlington last August and took him to Boscobel. Court records say Johnson told Forbes he needed to retrieve the $90 cab fare from an apartment, but failed to return with the money. Forbes called police.
La Crosse County Circuit Judge Todd Bjerke set bond for Johnson Monday at $500,000 cash.