JEFFERSON CITY, MO (KTVI) – We`re looking deeper into the criminal cases against a witness in the Michael Brown shooting. Dorian Johnson pleaded guilty to lying to police in a 2011 theft case and a warrant still remains for his arrest. FOX2`s Chris Hayes went to Jefferson City to talk to a man who says […]
JEFFERSON CITY, MO (KTVI) – We`re looking deeper into the criminal cases against a witness in the Michael Brown shooting. Dorian Johnson pleaded guilty to lying to police in a 2011 theft case and a warrant still remains for his arrest. FOX2`s Chris Hayes went to Jefferson City to talk to a man who says he caught Johnson stealing and then listened to his repeated lies.
It started behind the Jefferson City YMCA, where a maintenance man said he saw someone, later identified as Dorian Johnson, carrying a FedEx box from a nearby apartment complex.
Kelly Lewis said, ‘He picked the package up off D section, which I knew the lady that lived there, so I knew it wasn`t his package.’
Lewis said he followed and called police as he watched Johnson dump the box behind the Y. A Jefferson City police report documents 19-year-old Dorian Johnson saying his ‘name was Derrick’ then claiming ‘he was 16.’ Next police said he gave a ‘date of birth’ which ‘would mean he was 17′ and told police ‘he had no identification.’
Lewis remembered, ‘He never told them the truth,’ and described watching the runaround for about one hour. Lewis added, ‘I looked down at his sock. I remember that`s where people carry IDs. I told the police officer that. I said I think his ID is in his sock, so the police officer checked it. He got out his ID and found out who he was.”
The Lincoln University student ID reportedly read ‘Dorian J Johnson,’ but the police report states Johnson ‘said he was holding the ID card for someone else.’
Lewis said, ‘To me it was a just a petty little thing that if he would`ve just stood up and told the truth, it would`ve been over.’
The police report shows it continued at the jail where Johnson signed a ‘court summons’ with his false name ‘Derrick.’
Then a Lincoln University police officer reportedly walked in the room. The report states, ‘Due to previous contacts with Johnson, he immediately recognized him as Dorian J. Johnson.’
Johnson pleaded guilty to making false statements. The theft case remains open – with an active arrest warrant for failing to appear.
Johnson`s attorney, Freeman Bosley Jr., declined to respond on camera, but wrote that his client`s reported deception has ‘..nothing to do with a police officer shooting an unarmed man six times, two times in the head. This is called using excessive force.’ Bosley Jr. added that he`s filed an appearance on behalf of Johnson in Jefferson City, asking for a Judge to recall the arrest warrant.
It`s unclear, if this could impact the Michael Brown shooting investigation. Other witnesses, including Piaget Crenshaw, also described Brown putting his hands up before a Ferguson officer shot him. At least one witness appears to describe Brown charging the officer before the shooting. Since it appears nothing was captured on camera, jurors will be relying solely on who they believe, along with the physical evidence.