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      First witness in Johnson murder trial

      The first witness has testified in Scott Johnson's triple murder trial, even though the proceeding in Marinette County doesn't get underway for more than six weeks.

      A man who was on the scene shortly after the shooting happened last July near the Michigan-Wisconsin border testified behind closed doors Tuesday.

      Assistant Attorney General Gary Freyberg says the witness will likely be in Iraq when the trial begins.

      The 38-year-old Johnson of Iron Mountain, is accused of shooting into a group of young people who were gathered at the Menominee River to swim. Three teens, Anthony Spigarelli, Tiffany Pohlson, and Bryan Mort, died in the shootings. A fourth victim was wounded.

      Attorneys from both sides say the closed-door deposition will preserve the integrity of the trial.

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