Trial begins for groin-shooting robbery suspect

Joseph Johnson, 41, is accused of shooting his victim and himself during a robbery gone wrong in downtown Portland on Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014. (Multnomah County Jail)
Joseph Johnson, 41, is accused of shooting his victim and himself during a robbery gone wrong in downtown Portland on Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014. (Multnomah County Jail)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN 6) —- The trial of a man who shot himself in the testicles after shooting another man in the leg during an armed robbery is expected to start Tuesday afternoon.

Joseph Johnson III, 41, was found nursing a serious groin injury and taken to a Portland hospital.

Portland police said in January, Johnson and the 32-year-old victim knew each other quiet well.

The incident took place around 9 p.m. at Southwest 10th and Southwest Columbia. The victim was confronted in the parking lot where Johnson stole his wallet and then shot the victim in the leg, police said.

“As Johnson ran from the scene, he shoved the gun into the front of his waistband and shot himself in the testicles,” Sgt. Pete Simpson said at the time.

A police officer eventually found Johnson talking to a woman he did not know at Southwest 6th and Southwest Mill Street.

Police said they recovered the weapon used in both shootings.

On Tuesday, attorneys are scheduled to meet with Judge Youlee Yim You where they may select a jury. Opening statements aren’t expected to start until Wednesday, court staff said.

The case is scheduled to conclude by Friday.

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