Beloit teenager charged as adult in Labor Day weekend homicide
BELOIT, Wis. — A 15-year-old accused in a deadly Labor Day weekend shooting is now facing homicide and gun charges as an adult in Rock County court.
According to a criminal complaint, 15-year-old Dante Wilson is charged with first-degree intentional homicide, possession of a firearm on school grounds and possession of a dangerous weapon by a person under 18. Charges were filed Thursday.
Wilson was arrested at Beloit Memorial High School on Monday. Police said they found a gun in his bag at the time of the arrest.
The 19-year-old victim of the shooting was found dead on Sept. 5, but Beloit Police Chief Andre Sayles said the department’s investigation indicates the teen was killed two days earlier. Police had responded to a shots fired call Friday night near the area where the victim’s body was eventually found.
Officers said they found shell casings in the area when responding to the initial shots fired call, but officers didn’t find the victim’s body during their canvas because of “its location and the time of day.”
Police said Wilson and the victim knew each other. The Rock County Medical Examiner has yet to identify the victim.
Wilson had his initial court appearance Thursday afternoon, but online court records do not show if a bond has been set.
News 3 Now decided to name Wilson because he has been charged as an adult.
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