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Man charged in Whitewater shooting

August 05, 2014 | 10:39 AM
A 21-year-old Brown Deer man is accused of pulling the trigger in a shooting that occurred July 18 at a Whitewater apartment building.

No one was shot during the incident — a bullet was recovered from the floor — but seven people were inside of the apartment at the time of the incident.

Jaymar V. Nash Jr. faces felony charges of second-degree recklessly endangering safety, use of a dangerous weapon and bail jumping. He also faces a misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct, use of a dangerous weapon.

If convicted of all charges, Nash faces up to 21 years imprisonment and $36,000 in fines. After the incident, three others were arrested, but the Walworth County District Attorney’s Office hasn’t filed any charges against them related to the incident.

Nash is being held in the Walworth County jail in lieu of a $25,000 cash bond.

According to a search warrant affidavit and the criminal complaint:

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 Ebony Nichols were at a Madison IHOP and “a nonphysical altercation occurred between E. Nichols and L. Wilson,” according to the search warrant affidavit. 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.

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 found a .40 caliber handgun inside of the vehicle’s glove box, according to the affidavit.

A bullet casing found at the scene and a 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.

At the police station, a Whitewater detective told Nash and Jones that he was going to swab both of their hands for the presence of gunshot residue.

Nash became uncooperative and began wiping his hands on his pants.

Jones consented to the swab. When presented for a search warrant for his DNA, Nash refused for 45 minutes and had to be shackled before he consented.


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