Green Bay Police arrest murder suspect

CREATED May 6, 2013

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  • Green Bay's crime scene unit sits outside a home at the 1400 block of Day Street on the city's east side. Image by NBC26 News

GREEN BAY - The Green Bay Police Department says it has arrested a man in connection with Friday's death of Ouida Wright.

According to police reports, Officers took 50-year-old Michael Whitmire into custody on Sunday. He faces a charge of first degree intentional homicide.

On Friday, officers responded to 1426 Day Street for a disturbance. Once inside the home, they found the body of Ouida Wright. Whitmire was questioned as a 'person of interest' in the death.

Neighbors in the 1400 block of Day Street wake up to a crime scene and police with guns drawn. Many, concerned about the elderly homeowner.

"I got a phone call at home and I rushed over right away," said Tony Lamal, a friend of the home owner.

Tony Lamal has been a friend of the home-owner for the last 40 years. He says the home owner has been letting a homeless woman stay with him, and says she and her boyfriend had been arguing.

The boyfriend was also staying at the house.

"I know he was having problems...They were fighting all day yesterday. And whenever they are fighting he comes over to my house to get away from them," said Lamal.

A relative of the home owner who didn't want to go on camera, says for the last three years, the victim had been staying at the house on and off. He says she had a drinking problem and had been kicked out of shelters and had a history of arguing with her boyfriend.

"We're in the process of interviewing him and processing the crime scene to learn exactly what happened," said Lt. Kevin Warych with the Green Bay Police Department.

Crime scene technicians, examining evidence and taking photographs, to piece it all together.

Police say the community is not in danger. A relative of the elderly homeowner says he is helping police with the investigation.