66th and Hampton shooting suspect bound over for trial

A Milwaukee man charged with fatally shooting a 76-year-old man near 66th and Hampton on Sept. 20 appeared in court for a preliminary hearing on Tuesday, Oct. 5.

Frank Nicholas, 59, was bound over for trial and pleaded not guilty. He is charged with first-degree reckless homicide and possession of a firearm by a felon.

Nicholas is now due to appear in court on Nov. 11 for a scheduling conference. 

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According to the criminal complaint, a Milwaukee police officer near 66th and Hampton Avenue on Monday evening, Sept. 20 was flagged down by a citizen who "told the officer that he had just witnessed a man shoot another man. The shooting victim was lying on the pavement," the complaint says. The victim suffered a gunshot wound and despite life-saving measures, was pronounced deceased.

Shooting investigation near 66th and Hampton, Milwaukee

Shooting investigation near 66th and Hampton, Milwaukee

Two witnesses spoke with police and indicated a man named "Frank" (the defendant) was the shooter. The complaint says Nicholas and the victim "had been talking and drinking outside the apartment building at the location of the shooting. At one point there was an argument between the two, during which 'Frank' pulled out a gun. The victim and 'Frank' briefly tussled over the gun, but the situation appeared to resolve, and the victim appeared to laugh. The victim then let go of the gun and walked away from 'Frank.' As the victim was walking away and had his back turned to 'Frank,' 'Frank' shot him in the back," the witness said.

A second witness corroborated the story of the first witness.

The complaint says police recovered video from a camera in the area. It "shows the defendant in the median manipulating something on the ground. Police later searched the median in that area and found a handgun freshly buried in the dirt."

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