A Carrollton man charged in late February with two counts of murder will have a preliminary hearing on Tuesday.  Theopolis Johnson II, 43, was arrested in October 2011 after the bodies of Kayla Cowan, 12, and her mother, Kristen Howery, 35, were found near and inside a home in rural Carroll County, according to court records.  The probable cause statements indicate the little girl was more than 22 weeks pregnant at the time of her death.  Paternity test results revealed Johnson was likely to have fathered her unborn child.

Johnson is also facing two counts of statutory rape and attempting to escape from confinement.  Ray County prosecutors filed the latter charge against Johnson in January 2012.  Court documents allege Johnson was being held on one count of statutory rape when he tried to break free on Christmas eve.  He is expected to arraigned on the Class D Felony on Apr. 4 at 8:30 a.m.

Johnson is being held in lieu of more than $1 million.  He is scheduled to appear in a Carroll County Circuit courtroom on Tuesday at 9:00 a.m.

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