15th and Becher homicide, Milwaukee man found guilty

Jeanette Jimenez; Darren Williams

A Milwaukee man was found guilty at trial Thursday, July 27 for a fatal shooting on the city's south side.

A jury convicted 22-year-old Darren Williams of first-degree intentional homicide, misdemeanor bail jumping, possession of a firearm by an adjudicated delinquent, and disorderly conduct.

It happened near 15th and Becher on Jan. 26. A criminal complaint states police arrived at the scene and found the victim, Jeanette Jimenez, on the floor in a large pool of blood.

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Jimenez had multiple gunshot wounds, including one to the head, and was pronounced dead at the scene. The medical examiner's office ruled her death a homicide.

Detectives recovered seven 10mm bullet casings in the living room area near the victim. Detectives also noted several bullet holes in the floor near her body.

A neighbor, per the complaint, said the victim was found dead in an apartment that Williams shared with his girlfriend. The neighbor told detectives they heard six gunshots and immediately believed they came from that apartment. Moments later, the neighbor saw Williams running from the building's entrance.

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Williams was identified via a photograph. Family members believe Jimenez was trying to help break up a domestic dispute before she was fatally shot.

This wasn’t Williams' first run-in with the law. He was charged with burglary in November 2017 and misdemeanor domestic abuse in July 2019. Under the terms of his bail, he was not to commit any new crimes – a case that was still open at the time of the alleged homicide.