Greg Allen Johnson had a murder charge hanging over him for a year and a half after investigators said his 2012 attack on a pickup truck driver outside The Jacksonville Landing caused Taylor Everette Evans to be run over and killed.


But the 29-year-old Johnson only faces criminal mischief now after the State Attorney’s Office decided Wednesday not to prosecute the murder charge and an assault/auto burglary count, court records show.

Johnson was released from jail Nov. 2 after his bail was reduced to $60,000 on the murder charge and $40,000 on the other charge, according to court records. Johnson’s attorney, Ann Finnell, was out of town and could not be reached for comment. Johnson did not return telephone calls and neither did the State Attorney’s Office.

The incident that landed Johnson in jail started during a skirmish about 2 a.m. Aug. 10, 2012, outside the Landing at 2 Independent Drive, police said. Patrons had left Mavericks Rock N’ Honky Tonk when a fight occurred involving the 22-year-old Evans, who had also been threatening pickup truck driver Brian Craig Patterson, 33, police said.

Up to 15 people were involved in the fight, and Patterson was chased into his vehicle. As he was being punched, a passenger in the pickup also was being hit, police said.

Johnson’s arrest report said Evans stood in front of the truck to prevent it from leaving a parking lot, then banged on the hood and jumped atop it before falling off and being run over. Police said evidence of Evans’ presence included his handprints on the truck. Evans died four days later.

Patterson was charged with driving under the influence with a blood-alcohol level of 0.127 and sentenced to six months in jail, a year of probation, a year’s suspended licence and 200 hours of community service. He was released from jail about 13 months ago, according to jail records.


Dan Scanlan: (904) 359-4549

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