Man found competent to stand trial in corrections officer's death |

Man found competent to stand trial in corrections officer's death

Edward Muhammad Johnson Photo: Department of Corrections
Edward Muhammad Johnson

Updated: December 13, 2019 05:58 PM

A man charged with killing a Stillwater corrections officer in 2018 has been found competent to stand trial.

A court determined on Friday that Edward Muhammad Johnson, 43, is competent to stand trial. He is charged with two counts of first-degree murder and one count of second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon in the death of Joseph Gomm.

According to a criminal complaint, officers and medical personnel responded to a call of a staff assault at the Minnesota Correctional Facility in Stillwater just after 1:30 p.m. on July 18, 2018. Responders found Gomm with substantial injuries to his head and face in the M Shop on the third floor of Building 20. Gomm was taken to a hospital but later died from multiple blunt force injuries to his head and two puncture wounds to his chest.

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After interviewing more than 50 witnesses, investigators identified Johnson as the attacker.

Johnson is still in prison, having been convicted of the murder of his former girlfriend in 2002.

His next hearing is set for Feb. 7.

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