Mitchell Johnson Asked to be Released, Claims Mistreatment in Jail

BENTONVILLE, AR - A man convicted as a boy in the Jonesboro school shootings ten years ago was back in court today on new state charges unrelated to the earlier crimes in which four students and a teacher were killed.

Now 23, Mitchell Johnson faces charges in Benton County Circuit Court of felony theft and fraud.  Judge Tom Keith refused to reduce Johnson's $50,000 bail in the case but set a June 9 hearing for Johnson to renew his request and present evidence.  A trial date is June 24.

Johnson claims he was mistreated in the Benton County Jail, but Chief Deputy Prosecutdor Shane Wilkinson objected to Johnson's request to be released on his own recognizance, saying the prosecution has no evidence of any mistreatment.

Johnson also has holds on him for a recent federal conviction of owning a gun while being a user of or addicted to a controlled substance.  He has yet to be sentenced.  In addition, he faces a charge in Washington County.

Johnson and Andrew Golden were found guilty in juvenile court in the school deaths at Westside Middle School near Jonesboro and spent time in juvenile detention until they turned 18.  They moved them into federal custody until federal authorities released them when they turned 21.

Golden is also scheduled to undergo a court deposition from Jonesboro attorney Bobby McDaniel later this month.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)