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KC man once mistakenly freed despite murder charge faces new felony count

Malcolm D. Johnson, 26, who was mistakenly released in February after being charged with murder and recaptured last month, faces an additional felony charge of unlawful possession of a firearm.
Malcolm D. Johnson, 26, who was mistakenly released in February after being charged with murder and recaptured last month, faces an additional felony charge of unlawful possession of a firearm.

A Kansas City man mistakenly freed after being charged with murder is facing an additional felony charge after allegedly being found with an assault rifle during his subsequent arrest.

Malcolm D. Johnson, 26, the Jackson County inmate who was mistakenly released in February before he was recaptured in August, now faces an additional felony charge of unlawful possession of a firearm.

According to court documents, Johnson was found Aug. 14 by Independence police in the back of a truck parked in the 3800 block of South Canterbury Place.

Police said Johnson was passed out, and a black assault rifle was lying in the truck bed next to him. He is also accused of having a round of ammunition in the right front pocket of his pants.

Police confirmed the rifle was reported stolen in Kansas City in December.

Johnson reportedly lied about his identity before police discovered he was wanted in Raytown for second-degree murder.

Johnson had been in custody in the Jackson County Detention Center on charges related to the October 2014 shooting death of Monteario Hogan, 22, before he was released Feb. 17.

Jackson County prosecutors had dismissed the charges a day before and refiled them in a procedural action.

Toriano Porter: 816-234-4779, @torianoporter

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