The victim made a strange remark shortly after we had got to his place. He said he went downstairs the day before to see this woman he liked, and was not going to see her anymore, due to the fact that two men he didn't know had roughed him up. He said he didn't want to talk about it anymore so I let the subject drop, especially since his physical appearance was fine. It was odd that shortly I would come in contact with two men while in jail who were way too interested and concern about what was going on in my case. I later found out they both had been looked at due to reports of them strong-arming residents of apartment buildings, but never were fully investigated. I also learned later that while I was asleep and the mutual friend was on the sofa, that he eye-witnessed the victim drinking heavily, falling out of a kitchen chair onto a hard marble-cement floor. Then later witnessed the victim come out of his bathroom and turn his body to the right to enter his bedroom, and at the same time turned his head to the left to look at the friend on the sofa, and then lost his balance falling sideways, striking the marble-cement floor very hard with the right side of his body and head. The witness stated that when he hit the floor it was with a very loud bang, then laid there for a bit and finally crawled to his bed.
After work the next night, my-self and a co-worker stopped by the victims apartment. We stayed for a few beers then left for my apartment. Myself and my co-worker were in and out of his apartment over the next few days, while the victim had other friends also stopping over to see him. While we were there no one ever assaulted the victim, though on the 5th he mentioned he had been rolled, and when asked about it, he just said he thought he was missing money. He had bought beer and vodka and other things and figured he just forgot how much he had spent. My bronchitis was getting worse so I stayed home on the weekend, the 1 5th being the last day I saw the victim in which he appeared just fine.
The tenant was aware that I knew the victim and that the victim also knew my estranged wife. The tenant, acting like nothing happened between us, and was showing real concern and' interest in what brought about the death of the victim. (unknown to me at the time was that this tenant had started keeping track of who I was with daily, on an October calendar starting on the 5th,5 days before anyone knew anything about the victim). I told him right out that I had no idea what happened to the victim, and that nothing happened while I was with him. From the 10th on to the 28th I was questioned daily, and that his constant badgering and questioning would soon turn into a homicide investigation. Every day he asked questions, and every day I told him told him the truth. I didn't know what happened to the victim.
At trial it was shown that after I left he was doing bows in front of the camera. He then took the tapes and equipment back to the Detective, and they both go over the audio tape, both of. then filling in the inaudible parts to what they thought was being said. There were many inaudible parts, and tape was even sent out to be enhanced. The day after the recordings were obtained, the Detective calls the City Coroner to see if the Milwaukee Medical Examiner has made a ruling on the cause of death. She states no, so the Detective informs her of the new evidence. She then says she will call the Medical Examiner and inform him of the new evidence. She calls the Detective back later stating the Medical Examiner after hearing of the new evidence ruled the cause of death was blunt force trauma from 'a physical assault - coinciding with the contents of the tape recording - my false confession.
On the 31st, the District Attorney, City Coroner, Detective and Medical Examiner all meet, and then I am arrested and charged with 1st Degree Intentional Homicide - Party To A Crime. Shortly after my arrest, my co-worker, now co-defendant went to the police and stated he wasn't totally truthful when he and I gave our original statements. He changed his statement to that he witnessed me assault the victim using a karate sidekick on the victim while he was sitting on his sofa facing me, and that I was standing in front of the victim when I did this, striking him in head.
The Judge asks twice in December if there was a request for a speedy trial, and my defense attorney states no twice. A 5-day trial is then set for April 10, 1995. While in jail another inmate shows way too much interest my case. He was on revocation for violating parole, and originally charged with robbery. He wanted to know what was going on in my case, any new leads, evidence, who came to see me, what happened at my attorney meetings and court hearings, did they suspect anyone else. After I was moved to another cell block I wind up with his co-defendant, a family member and also shows way too much interest in my case, with his questions. I later find out that they were suspected of rolling residents of the building where the victim lived, and were looked at but never thoroughly investigated. It made me wonder if these were the two the victim was talking about when he said he was roughed up downstairs. When I got to prison, there was the 1st one, and asking questions again for a short time until he moved on.