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Details emerge in Whitewater shooting

July 24, 2014 | 03:56 PM
ELKHORN — A nonphysical altercation at a Madison IHOP appears to have led to a shot being fired at an apartment a few blocks from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater campus, according to a recently released affidavit.

On July 23, the Whitewater Police Department filed a search warrant, which was signed by Judge David Reddy, on five cell phones. The phones were taken as evidence as part of the investigation into the shooting that occurred on July 18 at about 4:20 a.m. at the University Garden Apartments at 370 N. Tratt St.

Police are sending the cell phones to the Department of Criminal Investigation to have the "passwords breached and the contents extracted," the warrant states.

Dezmond Jones
Police arrested Dezmond X. Jones, 21; Jaymar Nash, 21; Brianna M. Jones, 21, and Ebony Nichols, 23, in connection to the shooting. Brianna Jones and Nicols have each posted a $2,000 cash bond and have been released from the Walworth County jail. Dezmond Jones is still in custody on a $10,000 cash bond and Nash is being held on a $25,000 cash bond.

The Walworth County District Attorney's Office has not filed formal charges against any of the suspects.

In the early morning hours of July 18, police responded to the shooting scene and spoke to brothers Zebdee and Lee Wilson. On July 17, the Wilsons, Brianna Jones and Nichols were at a Madison IHOP and "a nonphysical altercation occurred between E. Nichols and L. Wilson," according to the search warrant affidavit.

Brianna Jones
After the altercation, the two women returned to their Whitewater apartment, and Nichols called her brother, Nash.

Zebdee Wilson showed police a Facebook message he received from Brianna Jones that stated, "u (expletive) up fam just don't kno," and that also stated "this is no longer in my hands and i'm debating about pressing charges against your brother," the affidavit states.

Nash and Dezmond Jones went to the apartment belonging to the two women, and the four reportedly drove to the Wilsons' apartment. People within the apartment told police that Brianna Jones and Nichols began banging and kicking on the door. The two also yelled for Zebdee Wilson to exit the apartment.

Zebdee Wilson told police that at some point the door opened and he entered the doorway. He said when he entered the doorway he saw a man "rack the slide of a firearm, and bring the firearm up," according to the affidavit.

Ebony Nichols
Zebdee Wilson told police that he swung at the suspect, pushed him to the ground and attempted to re-enter the apartment. Lee Wilson told police he saw Nash fire the shot, according to the affidavit. The bullet was located in the apartment floor.

Dezmond Jones and Nash were arrested when Walworth County Sheriff's deputies stopped their vehicle and located a .40 caliber handgun inside of the vehicle's glove box, according to the affidavit.

A bullet casing found at the scene and a live bullet found in the apartment hallway matched the ammunition located inside of the handgun, according to the affidavit. Both Wilsons were given photos lineups of the suspects, and Lee Wilson identified Nash as the shooter.


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