Attorneys are scheduling to depose witnesses tied to Johnny Wilson’s alleged car chase and resulting collisions with two Citrus County Sheriff’s Office lawmen and a motorcyclist.
After hearing Assistant State Attorney Kevin Davis describe the allegations against the Crystal River 39-year-old Thursday in court, Circuit Court Judge Richard “Ric” Howard set April 9 — roughly 60 days away — as Wilson’s next appearance before the judge.
“I don’t think 30 days is enough,” Howard said, considering a shorter term in between hearings.
Wilson faces felony charges of attempting to murder a law officer, aggravated battery of a law officer, causing serious injury during an attempt to flee, possessing cocaine with intent to sell, possessing marijuana with intent to sell, resisting law enforcement with violence.
He is also charged with misdemeanor offenses of resisting law enforcement without violence and possessing drug paraphernalia.
If Wilson’s convicted as charged, Howard could sentence him to up to life in prison for his attempted murder charge, and a total 85 years for his other charges.
Davis is seeking to have Howard designate Wilson as a habitual felony offender if there’s a conviction, which, if the judge grants it, could pit Wilson against another life sentence.
Prosecutors allege Wilson struck a pair of sheriff’s office narcotics detectives the evening of Nov. 19, while driving away from a traffic stop outside of Crystal River, at State Road 44 and North Crede Avenue.
Both detectives, who suffered non-life-threatening injuries, opened fire at Wilson as he drove off. A shard of one of their bullets shard struck Wilson in his head.
Wilson continued to drive on S.R. 44 and struck motorcyclist Thomas Carey, who had to be airlifted for treatment of severe injuries. Prior reports show doctors put Carey, then 44, into a medically induced coma and amputated his leg.
Carey was released from hospital to undergo rehab, Davis told a Chronicle reporter Thursday in court.
After driving into a tree, Wilson ran and took refuge inside a relative’s home on the 900 block of Southeast First Terrace, where sheriff’s deputies apprehended him.
Deputies also found a total 3.54 grams of cocaine and 117 grams — or 4 ounces — of marijuana where Wilson ran through the woods.