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Victoria man accused in death of son faces additional, unrelated charges

By Jessica Priest
April 8, 2014 at 11 p.m.
Updated April 8, 2014 at 11:09 p.m.


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Michael Cole Johnson is scheduled to appear in court on both cases for a plea docket April 29.

A Victoria man already accused in the pit bull-mauling death of his toddler is facing more legal woes.

A grand jury indicted Michael Cole Johnson, 30, on charges of manufacture or delivery of a controlled substance between 4 and 200 grams - a first-degree felony - and hindering apprehension - a third-degree felony.

He is accused of possessing with the intent to deliver methamphetamine.

Also, when law enforcement was at his door to inquire whether his brother, Matthew Johnson, was there, he refused to open up.

He knew that his brother, who was charged with evading arrest or detention with a vehicle, was there, too, according to the April 3 indictment.

First Assistant District Attorney Eli Garza declined to comment about the case specifically Tuesday.

He said attorneys will routinely meet in court and discuss at the same time the status of this case as well as Cole Johnson's previous case in which he is charged with criminally negligent homicide, injury to a child and endangering a child at the same time.

The cases will most likely not be heard by a jury at the same time, Garza said.

Stephen Cihal, the attorney representing Cole for the criminally negligent homicide case, could not be reached for comment Tuesday afternoon.

It was unclear Tuesday whether Cole Johnson has hired or was appointed an attorney for the new case.

The body of Cole Johnson's 4-year-old son, Kylar, was found in a neighbor's backyard in 2012 after a 14-hour search.

Cole Johnson told sheriff's deputies Kylar had wandered away from their home in the 1100 block of Old Goliad Road.

Several dogs were found near the boy's body, according to Advocate archives.

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