Trial delayed for man accused of stabbing deputy in January 2017

Matthew Johnson

IRON MOUNTAIN — A legal issue has postponed the jury trial for a Breitung Township man accused of stabbing a Dickinson County deputy last year.

Matthew David Johnson, 24, had been scheduled for a week-long trial starting Monday in Dickinson County Circuit Court on assault with intent to murder, a life felony; four counts of resisting or obstructing a police officer, a two-year felony; possession of marijuana, a one-year misdemeanor; and two counts of domestic violence, a 93-day misdemeanor.

But Dickinson County Prosecutor Lisa Richards said Thursday that a “legal issue came up that needs to be addressed and it can’t be sufficiently addressed before Monday.”

So the court delayed the trial to the week of June 25 through 29.

Police went to Johnson’s home Jan. 29, 2017, on a domestic violence report, according to the criminal complaint.

When they tried to talk to Johnson, he grabbed a wooden-handled knife with an 8-inch blade from the kitchen, the complaint stated.

Officers tackled Johnson to the floor and, during the struggle, he reportedly stabbed a deputy in the midsection with enough force to puncture the man’s Kevlar vest, according to the complaint.

The vest helped prevent life-threatening injuries to the deputy, according to Dickinson County Sheriff’s Office officials.

Johnson reportedly continued to resist officers until they used a Taser on him multiple times.

Officers later seized a marijuana plant and jar of suspected marijuana from the residence, the complaint stated.

Nikki Younk can be reached at 906-774-2772, ext. 41, or