Our Lantern Will Be Lit From 1/6/2020 to 1/13/2020 for Unnamed Son, Sheila Green, and Chad Bickler...
Lantern Project: Since October 2013, Hope House has joined with other domestic violence programs around the state by implementing the Lantern Project. For our part in this statewide project, we added to the lamppost in front of Hope House a purple wreath. We will turn on the light for a week every time there is a death related to domestic violence in Wisconsin. We will post information online about the person(s) that was killed. If you drive by our building and see our lamppost on, please reflect on the deadly impact that domestic violence has on our communities. We know the list of stories we post here is incomplete. We strive to learn about and share these stories but know that there are some that we and the media miss. If you see a news story of a death in WI related to domestic violence and don't see it posted here, please feel free to let us know about it here. Thank you.
December 12th, 2019: Unnamed Son, Age 11 months- Kenosha
A 26-year-old Kenosha man is in custody, alleged to have killed his 11-month-old son. The baby died Dec. 12 at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin two days after paramedics were called to a home in the 6000 block of 19th Avenue. An autopsy showed the baby died from injuries consistent with physical abuse, Kenosha Police Lt. James Beller said.
The baby’s father, identified by police as Loren Hamilton, has been in Kenosha County Jail on a probation hold since Dec. 12.He is expected to be charged with second-degree reckless homicide.
December 24th, 2019: Sheila Green, Age 63- Madison
A Madison man allegedly shot and killed his sister on Christmas Eve after authorities found her body riddled with 15 entry and exit gunshot wounds at her home, according to a criminal complaint on Friday. Joseph Green, 57, was charged with first-degree intentional homicide in the death of his sister, 63-year-old Sheila Green, in Dane County Court on Friday.
According to the complaint, officers were called to the 900 block of Midvale Boulevard around 4 p.m. on Christmas Eve. They were responding to a 911 call from Joseph Green, who told 911 callers that “My sister needs an ambulance immediately.” Joseph Green then hung up the phone and returned to his apartment, according to the complaint.
At his sister’s home, officers found Sheila Green, deceased. Police reported there were no signs of a struggle between the siblings, and little blood in the home. The Dane County Medical Examiner’s Office reported Sheila had 15 entry and exit gunshot wounds in her body, according to the complaint.
Officers were then dispatched to Joseph Green’s apartment in the 600 block of Sawyer Terrace in Madison. With the help of K-9 Archie, officers discovered a pair of cowhide gloves and a black handgun in dumpsters outside the building. Early that day surveillance video captured Joseph arriving at the building and apparently dropping the gloves and the gun into those same dumpsters. Bail was set at $1 million for Green. Joseph Green will be back in court on Jan.2 , 2020 for his preliminary hearing.
December 26th, 2019: Chad Bickler, Age 42- Wind Lake
The New Berlin man accused of fatally shooting Chad Bickler on Dec. 26 inside a Racine County home did so after telling his girlfriend that he would kill her new love interest, according to a criminal complaint.
Troy Hoffman was charged Monday — three days after he turned himself in — in Racine County Circuit Court with first-degree intentional homicide, attempted first-degree homicide and mistreatment of animals by use of a dangerous weapon, all felonies.
If convicted on the homicide charge, Hoffman faces a mandatory life sentence.
According to the complaint:
After finding out his girlfriend was seeing Bickler, Hoffman angrily texted her that if she was on her way to meet Bickler on Dec. 26, as she was, that Hoffman would kill him.
Hoffman followed his girlfriend’s car to Bickler’s home in the 25700 block of West Loomis Road in the town of Norway, and rammed his vehicle into the back of it. When he got out, the two began arguing and the woman fled in fear for her life when she saw Hoffman had a handgun in his hand.
Hoffman then walked up to the house and fired multiple shots at it before forcing his way inside and firing several more shots at Bickler, hitting him multiple times in the abdomen and legs, and a family dog.