Maintenance worker won't face charges in double fatal shooting
MILWAUKEE - The Milwaukee County District Attorney says a maintenance worker who shot two teens as they were beating him did so in self defense.
We now know there will be no charges filed in the double homicide. That decision was released Wednesday afternoon. For nearly three weeks, investigators have poured over Wisconsin's law of self defense, and looked closely at the facts of this case. Their findings are all found in a ten page document, released Wednesday.
For the first time, we're getting a very detailed account of what happened inside the apartment building near 27th and Vliet last month when a maintenance worker opened fire on two teens. Anmarie Miller and James Bell Junior died at the scene.
It all started when the janitor walked into the building that day, and told the teens not to leave the door propped open. He says Miller expressed her displeasure, saying she felt he was disrespecting them.
That's when the janitor claims Clarence Alls punched him, knocking off his glasses and then Miller and Bell began beating him with their fists and a wooden club, possibly hitting him as many as 20 to 30 times. Four witnesses saw much of this. One reports hearing Bell yell, "Get him, get him."
Witnesses also saw Bell with his arms around the janitor in a choke hold. The two were on the floor. The janitor's back was to Bell. The janitor says he felt as though he was going to pass out before he was able to reach inside his coat and pull out his 40 caliber semi-automatic pistol, shooting each teen a single time.
One witness captured the fight on his cell phone. That video has not yet been released, but the document from the district attorney gives an account of what it shows. Demetrius Butler was working next door when he heard yelling.
He ran into the apartment building and started rolling. Butler's video shows Clarence Alls, who had accompanied the teens, punch the maintenance man. Alls yells, "hey" and "stop." It also shows Rossetto being held down from behind, in a choke hold by Bell. It appears both Rossetto and Bell have blood on their face.
The case is not over just yet. The district attorney is still considering charges for Clarence Alls who had accompanied the teens that day. We reached out to family members following the announcement. An uncle to James Bell Junior says he's disappointed, but will accept the decision not to charge.