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Man charged in friend's murder in Hopkins

Daniel Johnson had a preliminary blood alcohol level of .18 and admitted to consuming “pot gummies,” authorities said.
Credit: Hennepin County Sheriff's Office
Authorities say Daniel Johnson stabbed his friend to death while high on pot gummies and alcohol.

HOPKINS, Minn. — A Hopkins man is accused of using a butcher knife to kill his longtime friend after drinking alcohol and eating marijuana gummies.

A criminal complaint charges 62-year-old Daniel Johnson with second-degree murder in the death of his friend. Police were called to an apartment in downtown Hopkins Friday night where 66-year-old Clayton John Kartak was found with a cut to his throat and stab wounds to his torso.

Another renter called police around 10:30 p.m. and said a man holding a large knife with blood on his hands was knocking on apartment doors and making incoherent statements.

Authorities say Johnson was found in a hallway, appearing to be unconscious with a bloody knife at his feet. Acquaintances told police Johnson and Kartak were longtime friends and that they weren't aware of any friction between the two.

Johnson is being held on $1 million bail ahead of a court appearance Tuesday.

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