West Allis beating death suspects waive preliminary hearings

CREATED Dec 23, 2011

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MILWAUKEE - It was a disturbing attack that was caught on a security camera.

Now the three suspects in the beating death of a man from West Allis waived their rights to a preliminary hearing Friday morning at the Milwaukee County Courthouse.

The beating happened near the corner of South 91st Street and West Lincoln Avenue.

Video showed Jeffrey Garnier savagely beaten and left for dead in the middle of the street.

"Words cannot even express how they left him, what they did to him," said Maryann Ostrenga, Garnier's sister.

That beating happened at 2:30 a.m. on November 20th.

Garnier, 57, died five days later.

Police arrested four people after getting an anonymous tip.

Lina Pezanoski, her boyfriend Danny Thompson, her son Javasi Pezanoski-Young and the son's friend, Qwajavious Pittman, are those four suspects.

Pezanoski-Young and Thompson each face felony murder charges, while Pittman faces a charge of theft from a person or a corpse.  All three of them were to have their preliminary hearing Friday.

Pezanoski has not been charged.

Officials told TODAY'S TMJ4 that each of the suspects gave full confessions and were cooperative during the police investigation.

Pezanoski told police that her daughter and a friend came home at 1:00 a.m., complaining that Garnier had frightened them in the street, and was wearing a mask.

According to police, the men went looking for Garnier, while Pezanoski watched from the curb.

Business owners in the area can't believe that the beating happened.

"It's just shocking that something like this happens right out in front of your door," said Michael Katzberg of Big Ebe's Pizza.