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Opening arguments made as Johnson retrial begins in earnest


Last updated 6/10/2021 at 11:51am

Havre Daily News/Colin Thompson

Defendant Shane Johnson sits in state District Court in the Hill County Courthouse Tuesday during jury selection in his trial on a charge of negligent homicide. Johnson is accused of shooting his brother, Travis Johnson, in 2013.

After a day of jury selection Tuesday, opening arguments in the retrial of a Havre man convicted of negligent homicide in 2014 in the shooting death of his brother were made Wednesday morning in state District Court in the Hill County Courthouse.

Attorneys representing Johnson and the state made their opening arguments before the jury. The arguments are similar to the cases made in the first trial in 2014, but this time the state will be arguing that the evidence presented will clearly show that Johnson is guilty of negligent homicide instead of that or deliberate homicide.

The defense ag...

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