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Don Johns ordered to second competency evaluation following August incident where he allegedly killed his roomate

Don Johns ordered to second competency evaluation following August incident where he allegedly killed his roomate

This morning, 37-year-old Donald W. Johns’s was held in District Court for a competency hearing following an incident that occurred in August 2015 where Johns allegedly stabbed and killed his roommate at a residence at 314 North Jackson Street in Casper. Johns was charged with second degree murder following the incident. This morning, with his attorney Tim Cotton, they requested an Individual Evaluation following the evaluation that was filed by the Wyoming State Hospital in December. His attorney Mr. Cotton commented in the hearing this morning, "I don;t concur with with the Wyoming State Hospital's evaluation, and I don't believe my client fully understands what is on the line for him." Johns requested that he speak at the hearing but he was advised by his attorney that, "it is not a wise choice". The Honorable Judge Wilking granted the request for an Individual Evaluation. Johns is currently being held on a million dollar bond. According to court documents, on August 30th 2015, at approximately 1 p.m. Casper Police Detectives were assigned to a homicide which occurred at 314 N. Jackson Street. Reports show that on-scene officers were advised that a man was located by his neighbors and had been stabbed. Reports indicate that the found male was covered in blood and dead upon officer arrival. Officers performed a protective sweep of the the residence and found the bathtub running and a katana sword near the tub. The victim had several visible stab and cut wounds on his back. Officers were advised by the reporting party that the man and his roommate, Don Johns, got into an argument in front of the residence earlier in the day. A search warrant was served at 314 N. Jackson, where it was learned from officers, that the male had been stabbed approximately 20 times during what appeared to officers to be an edged weapon attack that spread through three rooms. A knife was located in a dumpster in the alleyway of the residence. After conducting several interviews, it was determined that Johns and his roommate were dropped off at the residence after working in Wheatland. Reports indicate that the two had several friends over drinking inside the residence. Witnesses stated that the two got into an argument and a friend took Johns for a ride to “cool down.” Later in the evening, all of the friends who were interviewed by officers had left the residence because the two continued to fight and argue. According to another tenant at the residence a second argument ensued, and the resident heard several thuds and knocks. The caller reported that the two often fought, but this time was more intense. Officers later located Johns at 229 Lathrop waiting for officers with his hands over his head and on his knees. Court documents indicate that Johns had blood on his shoes and clothing. Detectives obtained a search warrant for the trailer that Johns was at and located two smears of blood on the bedroom carpet which appeared to be from someone wiping their shoes off. Officers located a Wal Mart bag which contained bloody clothing and shoes. All evidence was logged in at the Casper Police Department and Don Johns was arrested and charged with 2nd degree murder. #oilcity #news