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Charges Approved in Bishop Ford Death

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Press Release Date: February 14, 2013

Des Plaines – Illinois State Police announced charges today in the brutal death of 27 year old Jennifer Mitchell of Chicago.

The Cook County State’s Attorney’s office charged Michael D. Johnson, 28, of Edwardsville, with 1 count of Aggravated Driving Under the Influence Involving Death, 1 count of Aggravated Fleeing and Eluding, and 1 count of Leaving the Scene of a Fatal Accident.                 

Jennifer Mitchell was fatally struck by a car and a truck tractor semi on February 12 when she fell from the passenger side of her SUV as it was traveling on I-94 southbound at 154th Street in Dolton.  It remains unclear if Mitchell was pushed or jumped, but Michael Johnson was driving Mitchell’s SUV when the SUV crashed at an exit ramp near 127th Street.  Johnson attempted to elude police and fled on foot, but was later apprehended by ISP District 15 troopers.

Throughout the investigation, law enforcement agents were able to connect the victim and the offender at various locations, prior to the incident.

Michael Johnson has a criminal history which includes 7 arrests and 2 convictions.  The arrests include four (4) charges for Assault, one (1) charge for Larceny, one (1) charge for Criminal Damage to Property and one (1) charge for Obstructing Justice.  The two (2) convictions are for Domestic Battery.  

Johnson is scheduled to appear in bond court on February 15, 2013, at the Cook County 6th District Courthouse in Markham, Illinois.

Michael D. Johnson, 28, of Edwardsville, IL

 The public is reminded that all persons are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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