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Police: Subway murder suspect planned Ohio getaway


PORTAGE (WKOW) -- Court documents state a teenager accused of killing a Subway restaurant co-worker in Portage took money out his bank account prior to the murder and planned to escape to Ohio.

A criminal complaint against 19-year old Jordan Scott of Rio says Scott told authorities he was angry with 22-year old David Johnson and decided either Johnson or himself had to die. Portage police officials say the men had a heated, workplace argument in the days before the killing. 

Authorities say Scott stated he apologized to Johnson before he shot Johnson several times outside the Portage Subway Sept. 5. Court records say Johnson had four bullet wounds and a partial wound. Authorities say Scott was captured in Columbus a short time after the shooting.

"It was a very calculating, callous, cold-hearted crime," Columbia County district attorney Jane Kohlwey says.

During Scott's initial court appearance Wednesday via video conference from the Columbia County jail, Kohlwey said Scott had a specific destination in Ohio for his getaway, and had discarded his cell phone to avoid being traced. Court records state Scott told authorities he planned to have a friend kill him in Ohio, or he would turn himself in.

Authorities say Scott used a handgun in the shooting, and also had a rifle and ammunition with him.

Judge Alan White set Scott's bail at $1 million dollars, saying Scott posed an extraordinary risk to the public.

White also said he intended to recuse himself from Scott's case, and expected Columbia County's other two circuit court judges to do the same. Court officials offered no reasons Wednesday for the expected recusals. Officials say a judge from another county will be assigned the case.

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