- Associated Press - Friday, March 25, 2016

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) - A Casper man has pleaded not guilty to murder in the stabbing death of his roommate.

The Casper Star-Tribune reports (https://bit.ly/1UM8uZz ) that Don Johns entered his plea Thursday in connection the August death of Don Wickersham, whose body was found with 29 stab wounds in a Casper apartment.

Johns’ attorney, Tracy Hucke, had asked for her client’s bond to be lowered from $1 million to $100,000, saying that evidence shows Johns had been defending himself in the incident. Hucke also noted that Johns turned himself into police and has limited criminal history.

But the judge denied the request, saying that the bond was appropriate in the case.

In January, Johns’ was ordered to undergo a second mental health evaluation. His attorneys say he has been found competent to stand trial.

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Information from: Casper (Wyo.) Star-Tribune, https://www.trib.com

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