Our lantern will be lit from 8/11/20 to 8/18/20 for Matthew J Ness, two unnamed women, Zymeiia Stevens and Addrianna Christianson...
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.
July, 12th 2020: Matthew J. Ness, Age 46
MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) — A 24-year-old man from Greenfield has been charged with felony murder in connection to a beating death that happened at Milwaukee’s Bradford Beach on Sunday, July 12. Joseph Sharp has been charged with one count of felony murder, battery.
According to a criminal complaint, just before 9:30 p.m. on July 12, deputies were called to Bradford Beach for a reported battery. They located a male in the parking lot with visible trauma to his head and face. Deputies determined the man was not breathing and pulseless. Members of the Milwaukee Fire Department attempted lifesaving measures but the victim was pronounced dead at the scene.
A woman who was helping the victim after he was hurt, told investigators the victim is a new friend of hers and the person who beat him up was her ex-boyfriend, Joseph Sharp.
The woman told investigators Sharp approached the two, who were sitting at Bradford Beach listening to music, and within a few seconds Sharp was “on top of [the victim] wailing on him, he was wailing on his face.” Investigators say the woman reported Sharp punched the victim more than seven times while he was on top of him. When he finally stopped, the woman told officials she heard the victim gasping for air.
Sharp reportedly then stated to the woman, “I should have done this a long time ago to you.”
Authorities ruled the victim’s cause of death to be blunt force trauma to the head and ruled a homicide.
July, 18th 2020: Unnamed Woman, Age 68
CUDAHY, Wis. (AP) — Police have arrested a 64-year-old Cudahy man after his 68-year-old sister was found dead in the home they shared. Cudahy Police Chief Thomas Poellot says the death is being treated as a homicide. Police were called early Saturday about a person armed with a shotgun. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports when officers arrived, they found the woman dead and arrested her brother. The two were not identified, but the police chief says both lived at the home. The investigation continues, but police say they are not seeking any other suspects.
July, 21st 2020: Zymeiia Stevens, Age 2
MILWAUKEE — Cash bond was set at $100,000 Sunday, July 26 for a Milwaukee mother facing a charge of first-degree reckless homicide for the shooting death of her 2-year-old daughter, Zymeiia Stevens, Tuesday, July 21 near 105th Street and Daphne Street. Prosecutors said she admitted to “accidentally” shooting her daughter after initially offering multiple accounts of what happened, changing her story at least five times — even blaming her own son.
According to a criminal complaint, witnesses heard a gunshot around 7:30 p.m. and watched Jasmine Daniels, 22, run outside with her child who had been shot. First responders were called, and witnesses helped perform CPR on Stevens before paramedics arrived. Paramedics performed life-saving measures, but the 2-year-old girl was pronounced dead en route to Children’s Wisconsin.
Another witness said they saw a black male exit the residence after the shooting with a gun in his waistband, entering a silver, four-door car.
At the hospital, Daniels was interviewed by police. That’s where prosecutors said she began to offer multiple story lines about what happened leading up to the shooting.
She reportedly told police her two children — a 3-year-old son and 2-year-old daughter — were in her basement apartment when she went outside and heard “three to four gunshots.”
After being confronted again, Daniels claimed she was in the basement with the two children and a gun she owned for protection was lying on a table. She said she looked away for two minutes, and heard a gunshot. She then looked and saw the 3-year-old crying, and the 2-year-old bleeding. According to the complaint, she said, “He didn’t mean to do it”, blaming her 3-year-old son for the shooting. Only the three of them were in the basement at the time of the incident, according to Daniels.
A detective asked for consent to search the residence for the gun. Prosecutors said Daniels refused and said the gun would not be located inside the residence.
July, 30th 2020: Unnamed Woman, Age 63
A 63-year-old woman died at the scene of a shooting in Milwaukee Thursday afternoon.
Milwaukee police said officers responded to a domestic violence-related shooting on the 7100 block of W. Warbler Court. Police said the victim was pronounced dead at the scene.
Police said a 42-year-old man, who lived with the victim, turned himself in. The shooting remains under investigation, Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 414-935-7360.
July, 30th 2020: Addrianna Christianson, Age 13
MADISON, Wis. — The Dane County Medical Examiner has identified the victim in a deadly stabbing Thursday night.
She’s identified as 13-year-old Addrianna Christianson of Madison. Madison police were dispatched to a home along the 3000 block of Dorchester Way around 9 p.m. Thursday.
One victim was pronounced dead at the scene. Another was treated and released at a nearby hospital, police said.
The Madison Police Department said 44-year-old Travis M. Christianson was booked into the Dane County Jail Friday afternoon. Christianson is facing tentative charges of first-degree intentional homicide and attempted first-degree intentional homicide.
July, 30th 2020: Unnamed Woman, Age Unknown
MILWAUKEE – Prosecutors say a Milwaukee man, 42, admitted to fatally shooting his girlfriend of seven years, upset his phone was missing.
Timothy McBride faces one count of first-degree intentional homicide, and one count of possession of a firearm by a felon. According to a criminal complaint, McBride turned himself in to Brown Deer police on July 30 — walking into the police department and telling police “he just killed his girlfriend.” Prosecutors said he turned over a .40 caliber Smith and Wesson semi-automatic handgun.
Police then responded to an address on Warbler Court (near 76th Street and Brown Deer Road), where they found the victim dead from a gunshot wound to the chest, a spent casing near the victim’s body.
An investigation revealed the gun had been purchased by the victim from Fleet Farm.