A man being held for the murder of a Sidney, Nebraska, woman is also the primary suspect in a homicide case in Texas.
Court documents unsealed by a Cheyenne County judge Monday outlining details about 46-year-old Craig Johnson, who’s being held on charges of second-degree murder and use of a weapon to commit a felony in the death of his live-in girlfriend, 42-year-old April Smith of Sidney.
According to court documents, Smith didn’t show up for work at a convenience store in the December 12 and was found dead in her home that morning by law enforcement responding to a welfare check.
An autopsy ruled the cause of death as a stabbing to the abdomen, and also revealed signs of strangulation. Smith’s hands and feet were also bound.
Johnson was ultimately captured after a short chase in Jackson, Michigan on December 13 driving Smith’s stolen van.
He was extradited to Nebraska and will have a preliminary hearing on January 6 after being presented on the charges in Cheyenne County Court Monday. He remains in the local jail on $1 million bond, ten-percent.
The Cheyenne County Sheriff’s Office has also been in contact with the Houston County Sheriff’s Department in Texas, where Johnson is “the primary suspect in an open and ongoing homicide investigation.”
Dave Collins, KSID, Sidney