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Johnson accused of stabbing, choking 70-year-old Du Quoin woman

  • Trayvon Johnson appeared Wednesday afternoon in Perry County court.

    Trayvon Johnson appeared Wednesday afternoon in Perry County court.
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By Geoffrey Ritter
updated: 3/31/2017 3:57 PM

The suspect in last weekend's attempted murder in Du Quoin is accused of both stabbing his 70-year-old victim in the arm and then choking her until she passed out, court proceedings revealed Tuesday.
Police in Carbondale arrested Trayvon A. Johnson, 31, early Sunday morning following an incident the previous day during which he allegedly broke into a home in the 200 block of East Parker Street in Du Quoin.
At a hearing Wednesday afternoon at the Perry County Courthouse, Judge James Campanella laid out the seven felony charges pending against Johnson -- attempted murder, two counts of home invasion, armed robbery, residential burglary, unlawful possession of weapons and aggravated battery -- and granted search warrants to obtain Johnson's fingerprints and DNA samples. That provoked an outburst in court that Campanella ignored.
"You already have that," said Johnson, who has been in and out of jail in recent years on a range of charges. "What more do they want from me? I don't understand. I'm lost."
Johnson remains in the Perry County Jail on $1 million bond. A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for April 24.
Du Quoin Police said they received a phone call around 7:03 a.m. Saturday morning from a 70-year-old Du Quoin woman who reported she had been attacked at her residence. The formal charges against Johnson allege that he broke into the woman's home, threatened her with a knife, took money, stabbed her in the left arm, and then choked her until she passed out.
Even though Johnson said he was "undecided" about his legal representation moving forward, Campanella appointed the public defender to represent him.
Perry County State's Attorney David Searby and Public Defender Courtney Loos both declined to comment on the case Wednesday.

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