UPDATE: Michigan man charged in shooting on state border in court today
38 year old Scott Johnson to appear in court for Niagara shootings
MARINETTE (AP) -- A Michigan man will make his first appearance in a Wisconsin court today on charges of killing three teens at the Menominee River.
Scott J. Johnson was charged yesterday in the shootings, and his public defender, Len Kachinsky, says Johnson is unlikely to make whatever bail is set for.
Kachinsky and Johnson will also meet for the first time today before the 38-year-old Kingsford (Michigan) man appears in court.
Authorities say Johnson opened fire on a group of swimmers at the Menominee River in northern Wisconsin on Thursday.
Three people were killed, and one was injured.
All the victims were from Michigan.
A Michigan prosecutor says he hopes a man accused of killing three teens on the Michigan-Wisconsin border will be federally charged for one of the deaths.
Scott J. Johnson of Kingsford, Michigan, has already been charged with three counts of first-degree intentional homicide in Wisconsin. A criminal complaint says he shot at a group of swimmers on the state border, killing three and injuring one.
Dickinson County Prosecuting Attorney Chris Ninomiya says in a statement Thursday that he has spoken with federal authorities about charging Johnson for the death of a man found in Michigan.
Ninomiya says federal prosecutors could seek the death penalty, which is not possible in Wisconsin or Michigan.
A spokeswoman for the Western Michigan U.S. Attorney's office says it's looking into whether it has jurisdiction.
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