December 16, 2019
An IQ test would probably prove otherwise.
Though that might be considered racist.
The prisoner charged with murdering a Stillwater correctional officer last year has been found competent to stand trial.
Edward M. Johnson’s ability to understand and participate in the criminal case against him had been at question since last year, and he appeared possibly compromised when he refused to meet with a medical evaluator earlier this year.
At a hearing Friday in Washington County Court, a doctor found Johnson competent to stand trial for killing officer Joseph B. Gomm on July 18, 2018.
Johnson, 43, is charged with two counts of first-degree murder and one count of possession of dangerous weapons. He has pleaded not guilty in the case.
According to charges: Johnson was serving a nearly 29-year prison sentence for second-degree murder in the killing of his roommate when he killed Gomm. Johnson stabbed Gomm and bludgeoned him with a hammer, injuring his head, face and chest.
The charges did not specify a motive for Johnson’s actions.
Gomm had just celebrated 16 years on the job. His death was the first killing of an on-duty Minnesota prison guard.
Johnson’s long record of violence includes assaulting a deputy while awaiting trial in his previous murder case and a prison fight that caused him to lose one of his eyes.