On February 11, 2020, a hearing took place on Knospler's behalf before Judge Kerri Johnson.
Judge Johnson had been appointed by the Governor
of Wyoming as Natrona County's new district court judge in 2018. Johnson worked in the Office of the Public Defender since 1998 and replaced Judge
Sullins who had presided over Knospler's case. It is noted in the article linked above that Johnson "has an impressive record as a trial attorney,
one who regularly handles the most difficult cases." She stated she is "committed to working hard to preserve our system of justice." This statement
resonates as despite strong objection from the State of Wyoming, Judge Johnson found for John's defense team and an evidentiary hearing has been scheduled
for August 27, 2020. Witness statements and depositions from numerous Casper officials from the trial are eagerly anticipated.