abc
QUICK LINKS:

Jury Finds Defendant Not Guilty of Superior Murder

Updated: 05/23/2014 10:38 PM
Created: 05/23/2014 10:08 PM WDIO.com

Tiawain Johnson, the man accused committing a deadly shooting in Superior in 2012, was found not guilty by a jury Friday night after a week of trial.

Johnson faced a charge of first-degree intentional homicide, and the jury took under three hours to return the not guilty verdict. During the trial, District Attorney Dan Blank argued the victim, Toriano Cooper, robbed Johnson prompting him to murder Cooper.

After the verdict, Blank stood by charging Johnson, but said relying on only witness testimony from convicted criminals made for a tough case.

“We didn't have the smoking gun. We didn't have any kind of scientific evidence we had human testimony and humans with a fair amount of baggage,” Blank said.

Defense Attorney Aaron Nelson said the verdict lifted a weight from him and his client that had lingered for much longer than the week of trial.

“I think relief is probably the biggest emotion. Not much other than relief right now. It's been quite a bit of stress for the past week, but also for the past year that the case has been going on. We're just glad that the jury had the courage to do the right thing and make the difficult, what I'm sure was a difficult decision, but to see that justice was done in this case,” Nelson said.

Nelson and Johnson expressed more relief to be heading home after the not guilty verdict.

Front Page

  • Missing Employee Found at Soudan Underground Mine State Park

    Authorities have located 76-year-old Adrienne De Vries at the Soudan Underground Mine State Park. De Vries is an employee of the park, and lost her way when walking down a trail. The St. Louis County Sheriff's Department says she was transported to Ely Hospital to get checked as a precautionary.

  • Sky High: Northlanders Blast Off on New Flyboard

    Here in the Northland, we're used to lakes, but a new toy is changing how we enjoy the water. The flyboard is making its Twin Ports debut. It's a water jet pack on a board that is hooked up to a jet ski. The water launches you up to 55 feet in the air.

  • One Killed in Douglas County Two-Vehicle Crash

    A two-vehicle collision in Douglas County turned fatal Wednesday afternoon. Law enforcement on the scene confirmed with Eyewitness News that at least one person was killed.

  • Democrats Vying for Wisconsin's 25th Senate District Talk Mining

    Mining is a top issue in northern Wisconsin's legislative races, and a formal debate Wednesday night was no exception. Three democrats vying for the 25th Senate District seat explained their views during a public debate at the Great Lakes Visitor Center in Ashland.

  • Scannell Testifies in His Own Criminal Sexual Misconduct Trial

    Cook County Attorney Tim Scannell took the witness stand today for what was an emotional testimony from the man charged with two accounts of 4th degree criminal sexual misconduct for a relationship he allegedly had with a 17-year old girl in August 2012. 

 
Advertisement