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Murdered taxi driver had met his accused killer beforeSubmitted: 06/17/2014
Story By Associated Press

LA CROSSE - Prosecutors say the man accused of killing a taxi driver in Grant County had stiffed the victim for a $90 cab fare last year.

Timmy Johnson Jr. is accused of robbing and fatally stabbing 79-year-old Merle Forbes last Thursday, just hours after Johnson was released from jail. Officers say they found Forbes in the trunk of his cab after Johnson led them on a chase through La Crosse County that ended in a crash. He has not been formally charged.

The La Crosse Tribune (http://bit.ly/1jwfEdH ) reports Forbes picked up Johnson in Darlington last August and took him to Boscobel. Court records say Johnson told Forbes he needed to retrieve the $90 cab fare from an apartment, but failed to return with the money. Forbes called police.

La Crosse County Circuit Judge Todd Bjerke set bond for Johnson Monday at $500,000 cash.

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