Man Accused of Killing Cab Driver Faces Additional Charge
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - A man who is accused of killing a cab driver last year and will stand trial in less than two weeks, now faces an added charge of robbery.
Johnathan Mitchell, 33, of Cedar Rapids, will be arraigned Friday for first-degree robbery. Mitchell is accused of committing a theft from Cathy Stickley, 54, April 29, 2011, the Century Cab driver he is accused of killing.
Assistant Linn County Attorney Nic Scott said Thursday he amended the trial information to include first-degree robbery, along with the first-degree murder charge, because as the depositions were taken it became more evident the incident started out as a robbery.
According to a criminal complaint, Stickley was found dead by her vehicle in the 1500 block alley between Second and Third avenues SE. Stickley died of multiple stab wounds to her neck and head.
The hearing Friday will also be a pre-trial conference to address any pending issues before the trial starts Aug. 14, in Story County District Court. Mitchell was granted a change of venue last October. The trial is expected to last two weeks.
Mitchell also is charged in a separate case from 2010 with beating a man near Coe College. He was out on bond in that case during the time Stickley was killed.
Mitchell remains in the Linn County Jail under a $1 million bond pending trial.
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