Charges: Hopkins man stabbed friend to death while drunk, high

The killing happened Friday night at a Hopkins apartment.
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A 62-year-old Hopkins man has been charged with the second-degree murder of his friend on Friday.

According criminal charges filed in Hennepin County, Hopkins police were sent to an apartment building at 9 7th Ave. S. around 10:30 p.m. last Friday after receiving a call that a man was knocking on apartment doors while holding a large, bloody knife. 

The 911 caller said the man with the knife was making incoherent statements and had curled into the fetal position on the floor in the hallway. 

Officers arrived and found Daniel Kevin Johnson, 62, of Hopkins, lying on the hallway floor next to a butcher's knife with a "large amount of blood on the blade," the criminal complaint states.

Blood was also covering part of his socks and the bottom of his jeans. 

Police then entered the victim's apartment and found the unidentified man dead on the living room floor, covered in blood. The man suffered a deep laceration to the front of his throat and several stab wounds to his torso, in addition to significant facial trauma. 

Witnesses told investigators that Johnson and the victim were longtime friends who routinely got together to drink and use marijuana.

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Johnson's son informed police that his father was depressed because it is around the time of year that his wife and son died. 

Johnson was arrested with police noting that he was speaking incoherently and making references to "spirits and ghosts" and "helping them kill someone." 

Test results revealed that Johnson had a .18 blood-alcohol content and he also admitted to eating marijuana gummies. 

The identity of the victim will be released at a later date. 

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