October 27, 2019
This victim clearly had something in his house that these blacks wanted to steal.
I wonder what that something could have been???
A jury on Thursday convicted a Racine man of first-degree intentional homicide in the shooting death of a Wheatland man, dismissing his lawyer’s argument for a lesser charge.
There was no dispute at the trial of Markeith Wilson that he was part of a crew of four people who went to Joe Riley’s home intending to rob him, their actions setting off a gunfight that ended with Riley dead and his friend critically injured.
In closing arguments Thursday, Wilson’s attorney Brian Dimmer acknowledged that the jury had evidence to convict his client of conspiracy to commit robbery and armed burglary.
But the state argued that Wilson, 21, was also guilty of first-degree intentional homicide and first-degree attempted homicide as a party to the crime because Riley’s death and the injuries to his friend Eva Lofton were a consequence of the robbery.
However, Dimmer argued that Wilson, who evidence shows likely did not fire his weapon, should have been convicted of a lesser charge of felony murder.
The jury found Wilson guilty on all the charges against him. His sentencing is set for Jan. 9, when he could be sentenced to life plus an additional 120 years.