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RACINE – A man charged with a fatal hit-and-run in 2019 has changed his mind over a non-competitive plea for the crime he claims he did not commit.

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Johnny Lee Taylor Sr., 74, of Kenosha, appeared in the Racine County District Court Tuesday, where he was allowed to withdraw the non-competitive Hit & Run fatality he filed in September.

A confession of no challenge will be treated as a guilty confession for the purposes of conviction.

“Since he protests his innocence, I allow him to withdraw his plea,” said Judge Robert Repischak.

Legal proceedings are scheduled to begin on March 2022.

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Teren M. Cagle headshot

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Teren Cagle was only 18 on January 7, 2019 and was a senior at Park High School.

He was riding his bike on Highway 32 near Hanse Road in Mount Pleasant when he was hit from the back.

Using surveillance recordings from a nearby house, the police found that a truck appeared to hit the cyclist at around 10:05 p.m.

The truck then appears to circle back, slowly pass by, and then continue without stopping or getting out.

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Cagle was reportedly left in a ditch by the side of the road for 41 minutes until a Racine County sheriff’s deputy was called to the scene at 10:46 p.m. to get a report on an unconscious man in a ditch. Cagle died of head and internal injuries at Froedtert Hospital in Wauwatosa.

According to the criminal complaint:

The collision with the bike left debris from the pickup on the road.

The officers collected the pieces, discovered a serial number on one part, which narrowed down the type of vehicle they were looking for and enabled them to search for known vehicles in the area.

One of these vehicles belonged to Taylor.

When confronted with Taylor, officials found that parts of Taylor’s vehicle had been replaced, but the windshield was damaged in the shape of a human head.

Taylor was arrested after an investigation by the Mount Pleasant Police Department.

Judgment phase

Taylor was in the district court on Monday for a scheduled conviction hearing.

Judge Robert Repischak, however, dropped the case based on comments Taylor made in the investigation report prior to the verdict pleading his innocence in Cagle’s death.

Repischak gave the defendant time to consult with his lawyer, Jeremy Samuels, and rescheduled the hearing to 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday

At Tuesday’s hearing, the judge questioned Taylor.

“At this point you continue to claim that you did not commit this crime, right?” Asked Repischak.

“Right,” replied Taylor.

“It would be very difficult for me to proceed with the conviction if I know that you are denying this offense, which really leaves us with the opportunity to withdraw your plea and plan the matter for the trial,” said Repischak.

Jennifer Tanck-Adams, assistant prosecutor, requested a hearing to see if the pleading was flawed and offered a date to replace it.

Judge Repischak declined the request for an additional hearing, saying: “I do not think the pleading is flawed.”

He added that since Taylor has protested his innocence, he may withdraw his plea.

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Police are investigating the scene of the accident with several people and injuries at a holiday parade in Waukesha, Wisconsin on Sunday, November 21, 2021. (Mike De Sisti / Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel via AP)


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Police are searching the streets in downtown Waukesha, Wisconsin after a vehicle drove into a Christmas parade on Sunday, November 21, 2021 and hit more than 20 people. (AP Photo / Jeffrey Phelps)


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SUV for the Christmas parade

Police are searching the streets in downtown Waukesha, Wisconsin after a vehicle drove into a Christmas parade on Sunday, November 21, 2021 and hit more than 20 people. (AP Photo / Jeffrey Phelps)


Jeffrey Phelps

SUV for the Christmas parade

Police are searching the streets in downtown Waukesha, Wisconsin after a vehicle drove into a Christmas parade on Sunday, November 21, 2021 and hit more than 20 people. (AP Photo / Jeffrey Phelps)


Jeffrey Phelps

SUV for the Christmas parade

Police are searching the streets in downtown Waukesha, Wisconsin after a vehicle drove into a Christmas parade on Sunday, November 21, 2021 and hit more than 20 people. (AP Photo / Jeffrey Phelps)


Jeffrey Phelps

SUV for the Christmas parade

Police cordon off a street in Waukesha, Wisconsin after a vehicle plowed into a Christmas parade and hit more than 20 people on Sunday, November 21, 2021. (AP Photo / Jeffrey Phelps)


Jeffrey Phelps

SUV for the Christmas parade

Police are searching the streets in downtown Waukesha, Wisconsin after a vehicle rammed into a Christmas parade on Sunday, November 21, 2021 and hit several people. (AP Photo / Jeffrey Phelps)


Jeffrey Phelps

SUV for the Christmas parade

Police are searching the streets in downtown Waukesha, Wisconsin after a vehicle drove into a Christmas parade on Sunday, November 21, 2021 and hit more than 20 people. (AP Photo / Jeffrey Phelps)


Jeffrey Phelps

SUV for the Christmas parade

Police are searching the streets in downtown Waukesha, Wisconsin after a vehicle drove into a Christmas parade on Sunday, November 21, 2021 and hit more than 20 people. (AP Photo / Jeffrey Phelps)


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