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AUSTIN EDITION Man pleads not guilty to shooting gun

From staff reports

A Byron man accused of shooting several gun shots at a man's feet in early August outside an Austin apartment complex pleaded not guilty Friday.

William Marshall Johnson, 38, who remains in custody, also waived his right to an evidentiary hearing and requested a speedy trial within 60 days.

Mower District Judge Donald E. Rysavy didn't set pretrial and trial dates.

Johnson faces one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm and three counts of second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon. One of the assault counts is for the alleged use of a firearm; the other two allege that Johnson struck two people with a metal pan.

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According to a criminal complaint, police went in the early hours of Aug. 6 to Bremerton Apartments, 300 27th St. S.W., on a report of someone shooting a gun.

Numerous witnesses and the alleged victim, a 23-year-old man, identified Johnson as the person who fired the shots and struck people with a frying pan, the complaint stated.

Police recovered a .32 caliber firearm shell from in front of a nearby apartment and recovered the frying pan.

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