A 12-year-old Wisconsin boy is behind bars after allegedly murdering a man who wouldn’t sell him guns.
According to police, the defendant is accused of shooting and killing 34-year-old Brandon Felton inside a Milwaukee residence after the victim refused to sell a weapon to a child. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that the child has been charged as an adult with first-degree intentional homicide, although his name has not been disclosed due to his age.
A criminal complaint indicates that police found Felton inside the home on May 18, three days after the defendant allegedly shot him. Felton had a single gunshot wound to his head. Police tracked down the suspect after determining a pizza delivery was made under the defendant’s cellphone number.
CNN reports that the boy also is alleged to have made numerous inconsistent statements when questioned by police. He reportedly confirmed he was at the home but claimed he was only there to play video games and eat Domino’s pizza; he then blamed the killing on another person named “Sam.”
The criminal complaint states that police found additional evidence on the defendant’s phone, including a text message that read, “I’m gonna do it to Brandan [sic].” Another text message asked, “should I kill him (right now)?” while the recipient wrote back, “Noooo…Go in da bathroom n call me.”
“I’m belting him don’t got time for dude going after my family,” the defendant allegedly wrote back.
The defendant later told his mother that he lied to police and said he planned to take Felton’s weapons from him after Felton declined to sell them, according to the criminal complaint.
He remains behind bars on a $100,000 cash bond. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for April 4.
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