MILWAUKEE COUNTY -- A jury trial has been delayed for a Brown Deer man, accused in connection with a fatal shooting that happened on September 12th at a senior living complex in Brown Deer.
The trial for 61-year-old Jessie James was supposed to begin Monday, October 24th, but court records show the defense "received a new discovery over the weekend," and would like more time to explore this. The request was granted by the court, and a jury trial was rescheduled for January.
James will be in court for a pre-trial conference on November 15th.
James is charged with one count of first degree reckless homicide, use of a dangerous weapon in connection with the death of 21-year-old Mannix Franklin Jr.
According to a criminal complaint, shortly after 10:00 p.m. on September 12th, police responded to an apartment at 50th and Bradley for a shooting complaint.
A woman advised that her boyfriend Jessie had shot her son, Mannix Franklin Jr.
The complaint states that as James exited the apartment, he said: "I can't bleieve I shot him."
Franklin Jr. was found inside the apartment suffering from an apparent gunshot wound to his abdomen. A shotgun was found in plain view in the apartment.
Mannix Franklin Jr.
Franklin Jr. died at the hospital.
Police recovered the shotgun and a box containing 22 unspent shotgun shells from the apartment.
According to the complaint, James was interviewed by police, and he stated that Franklin Jr. had been staying at the apartment James lived in with his girlfriend for about a week. James said Franklin Jr. came home from work on September 12th around 6:00 p.m. and a verbal argument ensued between James and Franklin Jr. James told police Franklin Jr. was being disrespectful and not listening to him, and Franklin Jr. eventually said "Jessie ain't gonna do (expletive)."
That's when James told police he retrieved a shotgun and ordered Franklin Jr. to leave the apartment -- but he wouldn't listen. The complaint indicates James said when he pointed the shotgun at Franklin Jr., Franklin Jr. said "You ain't gonna do a (expletive) thing, Jessie."
James told police he then pulled the trigger and shot Franklin Jr. in his abdomen -- because he felt he was being disrespected in his own house.
Tragedy is not new to the family of Franklin Jr. His father, Mannix Franklin Sr., was in the news back in 2003 when he was shot and killed by police in Milwaukee.
Mannix Franklin Sr. shooting (2003)
At that time he was unarmed, but police believed he was reaching for a gun when called to a domestic situation.
Family members told FOX6 News Franklin Jr. was expecting his own son at the time of his death.