Charges dropped in ax-assault case

Prosecutors say July 18 incident requires further investigation

By Paris Achen, Columbian courts reporter

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Charges have been dropped against a Vancouver man accused of striking his brother with an ax in a family brawl on July 18, pending further investigation.

Cody J. Johnson, 27, was scheduled to be arraigned Friday on a charge of second-degree assault domestic violence but instead prosecutors said they weren’t going to proceed, saying they determined they needed more information to prosecute him.

Johnson and his girlfriend, Marissa Brown, had been staying with his mother, Debra Corrin. Around 10:30 p.m. July 18, he allegedly pushed his mother after she reportedly insulted Brown.

When his brothers, Luke Royer and Seth Johnson, intervened to protect their mother, Cody Johnson picked up an ax and swung it at them, striking Seth Johnson’s left forearm, according to a probable cause affidavit filed in court.

The whack caused a cut and bruise on Seth Johnson’s arm, the affidavit says. Royer and Seth Johnson then wrestled their brother to the ground, the court document says. Cody Johnson was arrested later that night at a nearby grocery store.