The man accused of killing a teenager last week in La Crosse is charged today with first degree intentional homicide. Eighteen year-old Deshawn Randall made his second appearance in court today.
Fox 25-48’s Erin O’Brien has details on the case.
Deshawn Randall was charged Thursday with one count of first degree intentional homicide in the shooting death of 17-year-old George Miller.
The criminal complaint says Miller and Randall got into an argument Friday morning on Redfield Street.
It says Randall shot Miller as he was sitting in a vehicle. The gun jammed, and Miller took off running.
The complaint says Randall then ran after miller and shot him several more times. The autopsy showed Miller had a total of 11 gunshot wounds.
Police are still investigating whether Randall may have played a role in the five shootings that took place in La Crosse the week prior to the shooting of George Miller. District attorney Tim Gruenke says they know the shootings are somewhat related, but are still determining who did what and when.
“I know the police are doing everything they possibly can to get to the bottom of why this is happening and doing whatever they can in the communities to make sure that people are aware of what’s going on, and we’ll certainly do our best to be on top of this and as soon as we can.”
Along with the homicide charge, Randall also faces charges of theft of a car and fleeing from police from an incident in June.
The district attorney said that George Miller’s family was not in the courtroom today because they were attending his funeral. In La Crosse, Erin O’Brien, Fox 25 48 News.”
Randall will appear in court again on September 3rd. Right now he’s being held in the La Crosse County jail on a one million dollar cash bond.
Randall’s public defendant, Allan Beatty, declined to comment on the cases today.
La Crosse police officers were stationed outside the courthouse today both before and after Randall’s appearance.
This was in response to an incident on Monday, when a fight broke out among people who had just been in the courtroom for Randall’s initial appearance.
The judge also asked all those in the courtroom to show respect and good behavior both inside and outside of the courthouse.
The La Crosse police department said there were no issues today.