Trial in Superior homicide case set for May 19
Following an hourlong hearing in Douglas County Circuit Court on Monday, the May trial for the man accused of shooting Toriano “Snap” Cooper outside his Superior home in 2012 has been ordered to proceed.
Tiawain Albert Johnson, 22, of Chicago faces a first-degree intentional homicide charge in Douglas County Circuit Court. The murder trial had been set for early January, but the appearance of two 11th-hour witnesses forced it to be pulled from the court calendar and led to Johnson’s release on a $1 million signature bond on Jan. 3.
At Monday’s hearing, both District Attorney Dan Blank and Johnson’s attorney, Aaron Nelson, said they were prepared to proceed to trial, which begins May 19 and is expected to take a full week. Blank declined to comment on the case so close to trial.
The fatal shooting took place outside 1901 N. 12th St. on Jan. 15, 2012.
It is allegedly linked to drugs and an armed robbery that took place at Johnson’s home, according to the criminal complaint. Johnson blamed Cooper for setting up the robbery and shot him in retaliation, according to preliminary hearing testimony from two men facing separate drug charges. The additional witnesses who came forward in January claimed they heard Johnson confess to the shooting while they were inmates together at the Douglas County Jail.