County Attorney to Ask For Immediate Grand Jury for Inmate Accused of Killing Corrections Officer

August 03, 2018 06:16 PM

Update 10:10 a.m.

Washington County Attorney Pete Orput said he plans to ask for a grand jury immediately to charge the inmate accused of attacking and killing a corrections officer at the Minnesota Correctional Facility-Stillwater last month.

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Orput told KSTP's Jonathan Rozelle Friday morning that his office will be looking to charge forty-two-year-old Edward Muhammad Johnson with first-degree premeditated murder, first-degree murder of a corrections officer and second-degree assault.

Meanwhile, Johnson made his first court appearance Friday morning as well. A judge set unconditional bail at $1 million in the matter, who is already serving a 29-year sentence for fatally stabbing his roommate in 2002.


The inmate accused of attacking and killing a corrections officer last month is expected to appear in court Friday.

Forty-two-year-old Edward Muhammad Johnson has been charged with murder and assault in the death of 45-year-old corrections officer Joseph Gomm, which occurred July 18 at the Minnesota Correctional Facility-Stillwater.

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According to a criminal complaint, Johnson is accused of bludgeoning Gomm with a hammer that Johnson had checked out of the prison shop. Gomm also was stabbed with a homemade knife.

Johnson also is accused of swinging the hammer at a corrections employee who is a prison shop foreman. He was serving a 29-year sentence for fatally stabbing his roommate in 2002.

Johnson is expected to be in court at 10 a.m. Friday.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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