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Trial Continues in Shooting of 5 Year Old

Jurors are hearing their second day of testimony in the trial of a man accused of shooting into a Milwaukee house where five-year-old Laylah Peterson was killed. Twenty-one-year-old Carl Barrett, Junior was one of three people charged in the November 2014 shooting — in which police said they shot at the wrong house after targeting a rival who had just been acquitted for another killing. Police say shell casings at the Peterson house came from the same gun used in two other Milwaukee shootings — and Barrett was a suspect in both. Prosecutors plan to call up to 40 witnesses, and the defense decided to wait until after the state rests to make its opening statement. Barrett is charged with reckless homicide and three counts of reckless endangerment while the other alleged shooter, 24-year-old Arlis Gordon, pleaded guilty last week to reduced charges — and an accused getaway driver has also pleaded guilty to lesser counts.

 

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Oneida Couple Murdered

Police in northeast Wisconsin now say two people found dead in a duplex were both murdered. They’ve been identified as 77-year-old Harry Brown Bear and his 67-year-old wife Lorraine. Police the couple may have been dead for several days, but they’re not saying how they were killed. Police found the Brown Bears’ bodies Wednesday morning at the couple’s home west of Green Bay in the Outagamie County portion of Oneida. There was no immediate word on possible suspects.

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Judge Withdraws from Case of Berit Beck’s Murder

A new judge will decide whether Dennis Brantner will get a second trial for the 1990 murder of 18-year-old Berit Beck. Fond du Lac County Circuit Judge Gary Sharpe recused himself from the case Tuesday. He said he withdrew because of comments he made in the jury room about the sufficiency of evidence, right after the jury failed to reach a verdict on Brantner’s guilt in June. District Attorney Eric Toney says he believes the judge made the right decision to pull out, and he’ll keep pushing to declare a mistrial in the first case and hold a second trial. Defense lawyer Craig Powell said he thought Sharpe was impartial, and he hopes the new judge will be fair in considering his request to drop Brantner’s first degree murder charge.

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Murder Suspect Sought in Green Bay

Green Bay Police have been looking for one man who killed another during an apparent dispute. Officials say a man in his 20s was shot to death late Sunday afternoon at an apartment complex on the city’s east side. Green Bay Police Chief Andrew Smith says a suspect was not identified as of late Sunday. But after interviewing some witnesses, officers believe the shooting was spurred by a dispute among two acquaintances, and it did not appear to be random.

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Suspects Sought in Green Bay Area Murder

Sheriff’s deputies in the Green Bay area have been looking for suspects in the shooting death of a 52-year-old woman. Officers found the body of Suzette Langois outside her home in Bellevue early Monday morning. The State Crime Lab is helping deputies sort out the evidence, and rescue divers checked out a nearby stormwater holding pond to see if anything was hidden there. Sheriff’s officials say Langois was targeted by her killer — and therefore, the neighborhood is not in danger. At a news conference, Brown County Chief Deputy Todd Delain said his investigators wanted to talk with anyone who knows about the incident, or spoke with the victim within 24 hours of her death.

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Woman Pleads Insanity to Killing Her Young Son

A trial date of November ninth is set for a Sheboygan Falls mother who reportedly claimed that “voices” caused her to kill her two-year-old son. Twenty-seven-year-old Katlyn Kinateder (kin’ ah ted’ er) pleaded insanity Monday to first degree intentional homicide, and hiding a child’s corpse. Sheboygan County District Attorney Joe DeCecco (deh check’ oh) says Kinateder will have one or more psychiatric exams. The defense wants to either move the trial, or bring in an outside jury due to heavy media coverage of the case — and the court scheduled a hearing for October 24th to give Kinateder a chance to change her plea. Police say they had to subdue her before they found her toddler in a cardboard box wrapped in a blanket at her home earlier this month — and reports say she might have been off her mental health medication at the time.

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Sheboygan Murder Being Investigated

Sheboygan Police continue to investigate a murder, after they took three suspects into custody for questioning. Thirty-year-old Candace DeBlaey was apprehended late Monday morning in Milwaukee — and about two hours later, West Allis Police and U-S Marshals brought in 27-year-old Patrick Evans and 22-year-old Donovan Cotter. Police say all three were part of an incident in which 38-year-old Philip Spell of Sheboygan was killed about three a-m Monday. Other details were not immediately released.

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Update on February Murder in Manitowoc

A reported gang member from Minnesota is scheduled to enter a plea next Thursday to allegations that he killed a man in Manitowoc. Twenty-two year old Quinn Orn Smith of Saint Paul has been ordered to stand trial on a charge of first degree intentional homicide in the February fifth shooting death of 52-year-old Kor Yang. At Smith’s preliminary hearing, a Manitowoc police detective confirmed previous reports that his D-N-A was found on a gun located one half block from the shooting scene. Investigators continue to look for a second suspect in the murder, 25-year-old Joe Vang. He’s also said to be in the Twin Cities based Asian Crips gang, along with Smith.

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An Appleton Woman Charged in Husband’s Murder

A 34-year-old Appleton woman is jailed under a 500-thousand dollar bond after being charged in the murder of her husband. Tina Hafeman made her first court appearance in Outagamie County yesterday (Tuesday) for the stabbing death of 35-year-old Chad Hafeman early last Friday. According to prosecutors, the couple was out drinking to celebrate a pay raise he received at work — and they got into an argument when they returned home, before Chad Hafeman suffered two stab wounds to the chest as some of the couple’s six children looked on. Tina Hafeman told investigators she did not remember getting a steak knife, because she had blacked out. She’s due back in court next Wednesday, when a judge will decide whether a trial should be ordered on a charge of first degree intentional homicide.

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Madison Deaths Appear to Be Murder/Suicide

Police say the deaths of a man and his daughter at a home in Madison appear to be a murder suicide. Officers suspect that a 39-year-old man shot his 19-year-old daughter to death before turning the gun on himself. Family members found the two bodies when they arrived home around six last (Tuesday) evening. W-K-O-W T-V says more than 100 friends, relatives, and neighbors stood by as police investigated. A city bus was brought in to take relatives to a nearby church for prayers and reflection.

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