Jason Small, accused of killing boss, hiding body inside Young Urban Jazz Cafe pleads not guilty

MILWAUKEE COUNTY -- A Milwaukee man, accused of killing his boss -- the owner of the Young Urban Jazz Cafe located near 24th and Fond du Lac has pleaded not guilty.

Jason Small

30-year-old Jason Small faces one count of first degree intentional homicide, use of a dangerous weapon, as party to a crime, and one count of possession of a firearm by a felon.

Small was in court on Monday, October 24th for his preliminary hearing. Probable cause was found for further proceedings in this case.

Small was initially reported missing, along with the victim, Donald Lewis, when they were last seen together at the cafe a week before.

According to a criminal complaint, when police found Small at a home on 13th Street, they found multiple plastic gloves with blood on them, paperwork belonging to the victim, and a security camera system from the Jazz Cafe. All of it was in a nearby garbage can.

Young Urban Jazz Cafe at 24th and Fond du Lac

Surveillance video from the cafe shows Small removing an object from "underneath the counter where Lewis kept his firearm" -- and following "Lewis into the kitchen at the top of the basement stairs," according to the complaint.

Donald Lewis

Small was then "going back and forth from the kitchen to the basement" -- and appears to remove money from the till. The complaint states he later came out of the basement carrying a black bag.

Lewis was later found underneath boxes in a walled-off room of the basement. He had been shot three times.

Small will next be in court on November 1st for a scheduling conference.