Routt County couple arrested on first-degree murder charges |

Routt County couple arrested on first-degree murder charges

Matt Stensland
Lucas and Kristen Johnson are being held at the Routt County Jail on suspicion of charges related to first-degree murder.
courtesy/ Routt County Sheriff’s Office

— Before being able to post a $10,000 bond, a man being held in the Routt County Jail was booked on charges of first-degree murder, according to Routt County Court records. The man’s wife, Kristen L. Johnson, was then arrested Thursday morning on suspicion of conspiracy to commit first-degree murder and child abuse.

Lucas M. Johnson, 38, was arrested Tuesday for felony aggravated motor vehicle theft and felony possession of more than 12 ounces of marijuana. Undersheriff Ray Birch said Tuesday the case was related to the disappearance of 46-year-old Edward Zimmerman, who lives in Blacktail Mountain Estates between Stagecoach and Steamboat Springs.

The Johnsons will be advised of the charges by a judge at 1 p.m. Thursday.

Judge James Garrecht on Wednesday initially set Lucas Johnson’s bond at $10,000.

Authorities have released very little information about the case. On Wednesday, District Attorney Brett Barkey said there was still a suspect at large.

Affidavits and search warrants related to the case have been sealed. Information about Zimmerman’s whereabouts has also not been released.

According to Zimmerman’s sister, Robin Mizerak, Zimmerman had been growing a large amount of marijuana at his home on Yellow Jacket Drive, and it appeared some of his marijuana had been chopped down and stolen.

Zimmerman was reported missing Saturday after missing work Thursday and Friday. His dog was found at his home, but his silver Subaru Baja was missing.

According to jail records, Lucas Johnson initially identified himself as a transient in the Steamboat area. Routt County Public Defender Sheryl Uhlmann told Garrecht during court Wednesday that Lucas Johnson has a wife and three kids.

According to jail records Thursday, Kristen Johnson lives at 510 W. Oak Street in Oak Creek, and Lucas Johnson lives in The Pines condominiums.

Kristen Johnson was arrested on Routt County Road 14 near Thorpe Mountain.

This story will updated throughout the day.

To reach Matt Stensland, call 970-871-4247, email or follow him on Twitter @SBTStensland

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