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State vs Johnson - Both sides rest after jury hears final evidence

Court to hear closing arguments in Smith murder on Monday


The jury learned of fingerprint and DNA evidence that the prosecution said pointed to the defendant during the last day of evidence in the murder trial of the State of Nebraska vs. Craig Johnson.

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. Johnson and Smith were in a relationship and lived together at Sioux Meadows eight miles west of Sidney at the time of her death.


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