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Teen awaiting trial for stabbing charged with intimidating a witness

Teen awaiting trial for stabbing charged with intimidating a witness

Tim Carson

Tim Carson enters Judge Wagner’s courtroom in this file photo from March 2018. Already in jail for allegedly stabbing a classmate to death, Carson has now been charged with intimidating a witness.

A Kenosha teenager awaiting trial for the stabbing death of a classmate at Bradford High School picked up an additional felony charge Tuesday, accused of threatening a possible witness at his trial.

Timothy Carson, 17, is charged with second-degree intentional homicide for the April 2017 death of Dez’Jon Taylor.

Carson and Taylor, both 15 at the time, were former friends who had had a series of clashes after a falling out.

Carson is alleged to have stabbed Taylor once in the chest after Taylor confronted him in a Bradford study hall, with Taylor first punching Carson.

After he was stabbed, Taylor staggered out of the classroom and collapsed in the hallway. He died days later in a hospital.

Carson was slated to go to trial next week. But the trial is being delayed after Judge Mary K. Wagner agreed Tuesday to a defense request for an adjournment, the defense planning to appeal a decision by Wagner to deny a defense request for a use-of-force expert witness at the trial.

Also on Tuesday, the state filed the new felony charge against Carson, intimidation of a witness.

According to that criminal complaint, the state is seeking to call a witness at Carson’s trial to testify that he pulled a knife or screwdriver on people before Taylor’s death.

The complaint states that the witness, a 17-year-old not identified by name in the document, was jailed on Aug. 6 on another matter and was housed in the block adjacent to Carson.

In the complaint, the 17-year-old said Carson saw him and motioned him to come to a vent between the blocks that allows people in the two blocks to speak to each other.

The complaint alleges that Carson told the 17-year-old that “his family and he better not go to court” and if they did that Carson would “hurt (the 17-year-old) and his family.”

Carson has been in jail since his arrest the day of the stabbing.

He is next expected in court for a motion hearing and case status hearing on Oct. 7. No date is listed in the court record for the new charges. A new trial date has not yet been set.


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