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ETX soldier returns to Washington St. courtroom

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(KLTV) - An East Texas soldier linked with the deadly stabbing of a fellow service-member will be back in a Washington State court for an omnibus hearing.

Cedarium Johnson, 21, of Sulphur Springs faces two charges of rendering criminal assistance in the first degree in the October stabbing death of fellow soldier, 20-year-old Specialist Tevin Geike.

Johnson and two other soldiers were arrested October 7 in connection to Geike's death.

Jeremiah Hill is charged with first-degree murder for stabbing Geike. Johnson and Ajoni Bareford are charged with rendering criminal assistance.

Court documents show Johnson and four others drove by Geike and his friends, then stopped. Johnson told officials he and his friends backed off once they realized the men were fellow soldiers, but that when Hill got back in the car, he was covered in blood.

Cedarium Johnson was the only one of the three soldiers connected to Geike's death released from the Pierce County, Washington, Corrections Facility on a court order. He was ordered to containment at Joint Base Lewis McChord.

Bareford and Hill remain in a Washington State jail, on $250,000 and $2 million bail, respectively.

The three suspects will appear before a Washington State judge at 8:45 a.m. PST Thursday for the omnibus hearing, where among other things the prosecution and defense will discuss which pieces of evidence can be admitted during a trial.

Their trial is currently scheduled to start in that Washington State courtroom on December 4.

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