- Associated Press - Sunday, June 29, 2014
Racine man convicted in 2005 triple homicide

RACINE, Wis. (AP) - A Racine man has been convicted for his role in a 2005 triple homicide that stemmed from a dispute over an allegedly rigged dice game at a bar.

A jury convicted Demetrus N. Ozier, 32, on Friday in the killings of Aaron Woods and Ryan Lockridge and the wounding of four others on July 17, 2005, in Racine, the Journal Times reported (https://bit.ly/1qEv7Okhttps://bit.ly/1qEv7Ok ).

Woods, Lockridge and a third man, Frank Mister, were killed in a parking lot early that morning. The alleged target was another man, Willie Ward, who authorities said wouldn’t return Ozier’s money.

Ozier was convicted of two counts of being a party to first-degree intentional homicide and four counts of being a party to attempted first-degree intentional homicide. His sentencing is set for Oct. 16.

“Hold your head up, babe,” his mother, Diedre Ozier, said as deputies led him from the courtroom.

Another defendant, Juwan Tyrae Matthews, 30, of Racine, is set for trial on similar charges Aug. 11.

Diedre Ozier decried the verdicts. She said witnesses’ statements changed during the almost eight-year investigation and there was no physical evidence tying her son to the shootings. She said he will appeal.


Police: Vandal doesn’t like air conditioners

APPLETON, Wis. (AP) - An Appleton man told police he vandalized a string of air conditioners in the Fox Cities of northeastern Wisconsin because he doesn’t like the machines.

“Different things that set people off, and in this case it appears that the air conditioning units were bothering him,” Sgt. David Lund said.

The vandalism began this past week in Menasha. But Lund said Appleton police have received at least 12 reports of broken air conditioners. Neenah and Grand Chute have reports as well. He said the targets have included residences, a dentist’s office and gas station.

Lund said the 52-year-old suspect spent nights riding his bicycle around and ripping control switches out of the units.

“It’s also disturbing when these things are going on in the middle of the night. We don’t want people prowling around our businesses or private residences,” he said.

Investigators think there may be more victims, and they’re trying to compile a complete list before referring charges to the district attorney’s office. They’re reaching out to local heating and air conditioning companies to see if anyone else has been victimized and not reported it.

“We understand that it’s a pricey repair,” Lund said. “Hopefully people will be able to somewhere along the line get restitution.”


Wausau man takes plea deal in jail attack

WAUSAU, Wis. (AP) - A Wausau man has taken a plea agreement in an attack on two Marathon County corrections officers that prompted scrutiny of the jail’s working conditions, staffing and overcrowding.

Twenty-one-year-old Fredrick Morris was convicted Friday of one count of aggravated battery with the intention of causing bodily harm, and two counts of battery by a prisoner as a repeat offender. Charges from four drug cases were dismissed.

Morris punched corrections officer Julie Christiansen in the head on March 27, 2013. She was hospitalized for months. Another officer was also injured.

Morris is scheduled for sentencing Sept. 19. Prosecutors are recommending 20 years in prison.

Defense attorney John Wallace says Morris was upset and off his medication when he punched Christiansen, and never intended to hurt her so badly.


Charges: Milwaukee man stabbed girlfriend 16 times

MILWAUKEE (AP) - Authorities say a Milwaukee man stabbed his girlfriend 16 times in a killing that has drawn attention because it took police nearly 22 minutes to respond.

Fifty-two-year-old Moreal Wilson was charged Friday with first-degree intentional homicide in Tuesday’s death of 60-year-old Barbara Killebrew. When he turned himself in to police, he said he’d stabbed her in the chest during a scuffle.

While a fire engine arrived within three minutes of the 911 call, personnel waited to treat Killebrew until police arrived to secure the scene.

The Milwaukee Police Department says it’s conducting an internal investigation into the delay.

Online count records don’t list an attorney for Wilson, who was sentenced to 18 months in prison in a 2010 domestic battery case in Kenosha County.

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