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Deputies from two states take the stand as Johnson trial continues


Law enforcement described a high speed chase and a crime scene that suggested a violent struggle during the second day of the State of Nebraska vs. Craig Johnson trial.

Johnson, 48, is charged with first-degree murder, a class IA felony, use of a weapon to commit a felony, a class II felony, possession of a deadly weapon by a felon, a class III felony and habitual criminality for the Dec. 11, 2011 death of 42-year-old April Smith.

At the time of the victim’s death, Smith and Johnson shared an apartment at Sioux Meadows eight miles west of Sidney.

State witness Brian Eads, an investigat...

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