Arrest made in 17-year-old murder case
MILWAUKEE - A man has been charged in the murder of a young mother back in 1996.
Leila Dempsey was killed on Dec. 14, 1996, while she was taking her 2-year-old child on a walk near 37th and Cherry. Randy Baines admitted to police that he had been watching Dempsey that day and decided he would rob her.
Baines, now 36, walked toward Dempsey and asked for a cigarette, and if he could walk with her. They began walking, but he then told her he was going to rob her. He claims she began running with her child, and when he went to chase her he slipped and fell and his gun went off, killing her.
Baines claims the shooting was a mistake. He has been charged with first-degree reckless homicide - use of a dangerous weapon. If convicted, he could spend up to 45 years in prison.