Teens charged in vicious Duluth beating of Dash Johnson

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Three teens were charged yesterday in the vicious beating of Arden Hills native Dash Johnson. The most violent member of the group was charged with attempted first-degree murder.

Walfrid David Ashlie "Dash'' Johnson, a 21-year-old student at the University of Minnesota, Duluth, was walking on the city's Lakewalk trail on May 20, when the four teens attacked him.

At one point three of the teens drew back, but 16-year-old Myron Ellis Clark allegedly continued to kick and stomp Johnson's head, according to the Duluth News Tribune. Ellis was charged yesterday with attempted first-degree murder, first-degree assault and first-degree aggravated robbery.

Johnson was discovered lying unconscious in the middle of the trail around 1 a.m. May 20.

Two other teens were charged Monday: Julie Ann Isham, 17, and Markus Lee St. Clair, 16, both with first-degree assault and aggravated first-degree robbery. A 14-year-old boy is also expected to be charged, but his name has not been released. The teens are accused of stealing Johnson's wallet and cell phone.

As the Duluth News Tribune describes it, Johnson's injuries from the beating were severe:

Johnson was placed on a ventilator when he reached the hospital. He had several abrasions and contusions on his face and head, and his eyes were swollen shut. He had sutures placed to repair a cut over his eye. A CT scan indicated that his brain was bleeding. He is recovering in a traumatic brain injury unit at HealthEast Bethesda Hospital in St. Paul. Doctors say it won't be known for nine to 12 months whether he will regain full brain function.


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