Missoula man acquitted in October road rage incident

A Missoula man will serve no additional time after a jury cleared him of criminal charges stemming from a road rage incident last fall.

Cody S. Johnson, 31, was charged with four felonies: assault with a weapon and three counts of criminal endangerment. He was found not guilty of all four counts in a Missoula District Court three-day trial that wrapped up on April 22. 

Johnson spent seven months in jail. He was released from custody at the conclusion of the trial. 

Public defender Will Managhan pointed to a lackluster investigation by law enforcement as being vital in proving Johnson’s innocence in the trial process. Initial reports given by police initially painted Johnson as the aggressor, but evidence pointed to the contrary, he said.

Missoula County District Judge Robert “Dusty” Deschamps III presided over the trial. Missoula Chief Deputy Attorney Matt Jennings prosecuted the case. 

On Oct. 16, 2021, Missoula dispatch received seven separate calls reporting gunfire in the Northside neighborhood at the 1700 block of Cooley Street. Officers met with a woman, Mercedes Green, who told law enforcement she was driving eastbound on Mullan Road when a silver passenger car pulled out in front of her. The car slammed on its brakes, nearly causing

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