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Man gets 12 years in teen’s scrap yard killing

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A judge has sentenced a man to 12 years in prison for fatally shooting a teenage boy who broke into a Milwaukee scrap yard with his friends. Fifty-four-year-old David Helton also was sentenced to four years of extended supervision Tuesday. A jury in August found Helton guilty of second-degree reckless homicide while armed. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ...

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Kenosha man convicted in ’09 custard stand killing

KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) — Jurors have convicted a Kenosha man in the only trial to emerge from a fatal robbery at a custard stand two years ago. The jury of eight women and four men on Tuesday found 31-year-old Julian “Blanco” Miller guilty of murder in the death of 18-year-old cook Robbie Wilde at Shirl’s Drive-In. Miller also was convicted ...

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Innocence Project: DNA shows wrongful conviction (UPDATE)

By JIM SALTER Associated Press ST. LOUIS (AP) – Innocence Project attorneys cited DNA and other evidence Monday in asking a judge to free a man who has spent nearly three decades in prison for breaking into a St. Louis woman’s home and raping and killing her. George Allen Jr. was sentenced to 95 years in prison in the death ...

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Former deputy charged with homicide appeals firing

LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) — A former La Crosse County sheriff’s deputy charged with homicide by negligent operation of a vehicle is appealing her termination. Trisha Stratman’s attorney and a lawyer for the sheriff will argue the case before a county administrator Thursday. The 33-year-old former deputy was charged in January after investigators say she sped through a red light ...

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Court grants new trial in homicide case (UPDATE)

By TODD RICHMOND Associated Press MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A state appeals court granted a new trial Tuesday for a Milwaukee man convicted of a murder after a gun battle, saying a jury should hear from people who say he was never there. Kenneth Davis has been trying to prove he did not take part in the shootout since a ...

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Woman accused in baby’s death appears in court

BARABOO, Wis. (AP) — Bail is set at $250,000 for a Reedsburg woman accused in the death of a 4-month-old girl. Authorities say 24-year-old Jeanette Janusiak was babysitting Payten Rain Shearer on Thursday when the child became unresponsive. Investigators say Janusiak told them she dropped the baby. A doctor who examined the infant told police Janusiak’s explanation was inconsistent with ...

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Beloit homicide suspect set to appear in court

BELOIT, Wis. (AP) — A suspect in a Beloit homicide is scheduled to appear in court this week. A criminal complaint accuses 28-year-old Evans Wiggins of shooting Shawn Bell numerous times Aug. 1. Prosecutors have said a car theft may have motivated the fatal shooting. According to the complaint, the shooting occurred after the 25-year-old victim took off in Wiggins’ ...

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Racine man set for court date in child’s death

RACINE, Wis. (AP) — A Racine man accused of causing fatal injuries to his girlfriend’s 2-year-old son is due in court this week for a motion hearing on charges of first-degree reckless homicide. Prosecutors say 41-year-old Manuel Garcia punched Jovani E. Martinez at least three times because the boy wouldn’t keep still. An examination showed Jovani had broken ribs and ...

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Dahmer survivor due back in court in man’s death

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The man who led police to serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer 20 years ago is due back in court on a charge stemming from the death of a man who was thrown off a bridge into the Milwaukee River. Fifty-two-year-old Tracy Edwards has pleaded not guilty to first-degree recklessly endangering safety. Edwards and a co-defendant, 44-year-old Timothy Carr, ...

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No contest plea in Wis. crash that killed 3 Minn. students

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — An Iraq veteran has pleaded no contest to charges that he drove drunk and caused a Wisconsin crash that killed three University of Minnesota students. Thirty-two-year-old Bradley Erickson entered the plea Thursday to four felony charges, including three counts of homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle. The crash occurred Oct. 7 in the town of ...

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La Crosse Co. deputy wants to move felony trial

LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) — The attorney for a former La Crosse County deputy charged in a fatal crash that killed a local teenager is asking for her trial to be moved because media coverage of the case has tainted the jury pool. WKBT-TV reports Madison attorney Jordan Loeb cites “inflammatory media coverage” of Trisha Stratman’s case in his request ...

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Boyfriend pleads guilty to killing Chilton woman

MANITOWOC, Wis. (AP) — A Chilton man has pleaded guilty to strangling his girlfriend, telling the court he lost his temper. In an agreement with prosecutors, 52-year-old Roger Rosenthal pleaded guilty Tuesday to second-degree reckless homicide and hiding a corpse. Rosenthal killed Michelle Jaeger in January 2010 and hid her body in a rural area near Maple Grove in Manitowoc ...

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Teen charged in women’s death in Milwaukee

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The attorney for a teen charged with two counts of first-degree homicide in the shooting death of a pregnant woman in Milwaukee says the teen has no prior criminal convictions. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that 15-year-old Malik Merchant made his first court appearance on Monday. He did not enter a plea. Judge Marshall Murray set bail ...

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Accused gunman faces trial in neighbor’s death

JEFFERSON, Wis. (AP) — The man accused of fatally shooting a neighbor in Jefferson County will face trial. Fifty-one-year-old James Richardson waived a preliminary hearing during an appearance in court Monday. Richardson and his co-defendant, 19-year-old James Richards, are charged with first-degree intentional homicide, hiding a corpse and theft in the disappearance and death of Beau Butschke. His body was ...

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Car theft may have motivated fatal shooting

BELOIT, Wis. (AP) — Prosecutors say a car theft motivated a fatal shooting in Beloit. According to a criminal complaint, 28-year-old Evans Wiggins of shooting Shawn Bell numerous times Aug. 1 after the 25-year-old victim took off in Wiggins’ luxury car. It says Wiggins jumped in another vehicle and searched for Bell, eventually finding him. Wiggins is charged with first-degree ...

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Court appearance set for Monday in Ixonia homicide

JEFFERSON, Wis. (AP) — Two men accused in the death of a Jefferson County man whose body was found in a storage unit are scheduled to appear in court Monday. Fifty-one-year-old James Richardson and 19-year-old James Richards are charged with first-degree intentional homicide, hiding a corpse and theft in the disappearance and death of Beau Butschke. His body was found ...

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La Crosse Co. deputy facing felony is fired

LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) — A La Crosse County sheriff’s deputy involved in a fatal crash last summer has been fired. County Deputy Corporation Counsel David Lange said Deputy Trisha Stratman’s dismissal follows an internal investigation into the July 2010 crash that killed 16-year-old Brandon Jennings of Onalaska. Special prosecutors have charged Stratman with homicide by negligent operation of a ...

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Man charged with killing mother in Outagamie Co.

APPLETON, Wis. (AP) — A 34-year-old eastern Wisconsin man is charged with shooting his mother in the back of the head. Randal George Rosenthal, who lives in the Brillion area, was charged Friday with first-degree intentional homicide in Outagamie County. He’s accused of killing his 52-year-old mother, Kathleen Remter, of Forest Junction, while they were fishing in Buchanan on July ...

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Son arrested in mother’s death in Fox Valley

APPLETON, Wis. (AP) — The son of a woman found fatally shot in the Fox River has been arrested in her death. Outagamie County sheriff’s deputies arrested the 34-year-old man near his Brillion area home Wednesday afternoon. He faces a potential charge of first-degree intentional homicide. The body of the 52-year-old victim was found in the river near Rapide Croche ...

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71-year-old sentenced in shooting over cigarettes

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A 71-year-old Milwaukee man has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for fatally shooting his cousin over cigarettes. Orteal Tyler will be on 10 years of extended supervision after completing his prison sentence. Tyler pleaded guilty in May to first-degree reckless homicide in the death of 50-year-old Mark Anthony Chambers. He had been charged last December ...

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Ixonia man charged in neighbor’s shooting death 
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By CARRIE ANTLFINGER Associated Press MILWAUKEE (AP) — A southeastern Wisconsin man stole his neighbor’s rifle and used it to kill him because of a dispute over their shared lawn, according to a criminal complaint. James T. Richardson, 51, was charged Monday in Jefferson County with one count of first-degree intentional homicide in the death of Beau Butschke, 28,of Ixonia, ...

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Court upholds conviction in jogger’s death

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A state appeals court has refused to grant a new trial for a man convicted of killing a Kaukauna jogger in 2000. Kenneth Hudson of Little Chute was sentenced to life in prison in 2001 for stabbing 19-year-old Shanna Van Dyn Hoven while she was running near her home. Hudson raised about four dozen arguments on ...

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Wisconsin man convicted in 1973 Arizona murder

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — A federal jury has convicted a Wisconsin man in the 1973 killing of a Tucson woman who was the daughter of an FBI agent. Prosecutors say 57-year-old William Floyd Zamastil, of Waupan, was convicted Thursday of first-degree murder. He faces up to life in prison when he’s sentenced Oct .5. A federal indictment in 2009 accused ...

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Man charged with killing 2 children in Madison

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A 28-year-old Madison man is charged with killing his girlfriend’s two young sons. According to the criminal complaint obtained by WISC-TV, David Hoem picked up 3-year-old Kemaury McArthur and 4-year-old Kevin McArthur from their father on July 5, saying he was taking them shopping, which was a regular occurrence. Police say surveillance footage showed Hoem leaving ...

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Oconto Falls man could get 6.5 years for killing friend

OCONTO FALLS, Wis. (AP) — An Oconto Falls man who was convicted of accidentally shooting and killing a friend could face 6½ years in prison. A jury found 20-year-old Jordan J. Walker guilty last week of homicide by negligent use of a weapon. He was acquitted of a more serious charge of reckless homicide. Walker was accused of shooting 19-year-old ...

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Man who hoped to kill Obama back in SD prison

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A man accused of killing a Sioux Falls hospice nurse in her home and stealing her car is back behind bars in South Dakota. Forty-one-year-old James McVay waived his right to an extradition hearing in Wisconsin’s Dane County on Tuesday and was transported to the South Dakota State Penitentiary on Wednesday. Also on Wednesday, a ...

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Parole denied in 1982 Richland County murder

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A state review board has denied parole for a woman convicted of stabbing a 76-year-old storekeeper more than 50 times during a robbery in 1982. Bonita “Bonnie” L. Smith, now 63, was 34-years-old when she and James Willison, then 20, were sentenced to life in prison plus 20 years in the slaying of Leona Milfred in ...

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Man pleads not guilty in Portage County stabbings

STEVENS POINT, Wis. (AP) — A 20-year-old man has pleaded not guilty in Portage County to charges that he stabbed three people in May, killing one of them. Tyler Dahms of Pine Grove faces a first-degree intentional homicide charge and two counts of attempted first-degree intentional homicide. Dahms is accused in the May 15 stabbing of 37-year-old Karen Dombrowski, her ...

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