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Officers: Murder suspect called 911 night before father died


UPDATE - Officials say the man accused of brutally killing his father in Shawano County has reached a plea deal with prosecutors.

20-year old Joshua Johnson is accused of killing 53-year old Donald Johnson in February.

Johnson was supposed to start his jury trial next week.

But now prosecutors say the two sides have come to an agreement.

The plea hearing is scheduled for Tuesday, October 30 in Shawano County court.


Newsline 9 has learned the suspect in a Shawano County murder investigation made a 911 call the night before his father was killed.

Joshua Johnson, 20, is accused of killing his father. Authorities say the 20-year-old got into a fight with Donald Johnson, 53, at their home Tuesday morning in the Town of Birnamwood.

Now, investigators have confirmed Joshua Johnson called 911 the night before Donald Johnson died. They tell Newsline 9 no threats were made, but they're releasing few details beyond that.

Authorities refused to release that 911 call, saying the call is part of an internal investigation.

Joshua Johnson remains in custody at the Shawano County Jail awaiting formal charges. Authorities say they expect formal charges of first degree intentional homicide to be filed against him Thursday.

Meantime, authorities say they searched the house and the cars found at the scene, and removed items pertinent to their investigation.

A sheriff's deputy tells Newsline 9 there were signs of a struggle between the father and son, and that Donald Johnson died as a result of the fight Tuesday morning.

Sheriff's deputies say Joshua Johnson called 911 around 7:20 a.m. that morning, telling dispatchers his father was dead. Authorities say the suspect remained calm on the phone with dispatch and was immediately taken into custody when they arrived on scene.

"We're looking into the dynamics of that relationship, talking to people that knew them and trying to get to understand some of the factors that may have been the cause in this incident," said Captain Thomas Tuma of the Shawano County Sheriff's Department.

An autopsy was performed on Donald Johnson Wednesday morning. Authorities say it will take the state crime lab and the coroners' office a few days to determine the exact cause of death.

The Shawano County Sheriff's Department is urging anyone with information about this case to contact them.    

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