Man, 63, admits to murder of longtime friend at Hopkins apartment

He said he had mixed medication, alcohol and pot gummies before the stabbing.
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A 63-year-old man is facing more than 15 years in prison after admitting to the murder of his friend at a Hopkins apartment complex.

Daniel Johnson, of Hopkins, pleaded guilty to 2nd-degree murder in the fatal stabbing of his longtime friend, 66-year-old Clayton Kartak, on March 29.

The Hennepin County Attorney's Office says it will be seeking a sentence of between 165 and 189 months following the guilty plea on Wednesday morning.

Johnson told the court of he had no actual memory of the slaying, saying he blacked out after mixing prescribed medication, alcohol, and marijuana gummies.

The criminal complaint says police were called to Kartak's apartment complex after other residents said a man was holding a large knife with blood on his hands, "knocking on apartment doors and making incoherent statements."

He then curled up in the fetal position on the floor, and dropped the knife.

He was unconscious and still on the floor when police arrived, with officers noting he ws not wearing shoes and had blood on the heel of his socks and his jeans.

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He had a blood-alcohol level of 0.18 and admitted to taking "pot gummies."

Kartak's body was found on the living room through, with his throat having been cut and suffering several stab wounds to his torso.

"Witnesses and surveillance video indicate that Johnson and the victim had been friends a long time and he biked over to Kartak’s apartment around 4:40 p.m. to hang out as they often did, drinking and consuming marijuana," the complaint says.

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