Man charged in 2021 Labor Day weekend homicide held on $1M bond

MADISON, Wis. — A man charged with shooting and killing another man during Labor Day weekend last year finally made his initial appearance in Dane County court on Monday.

Jeremiah Cain, 19, is charged with one count of first-degree intentional homicide in connection with a shooting on Sept. 6, 2021, that killed 20-year-old Nicholas Cooke.

During Cain’s initial appearance Monday afternoon, a court commissioner ordered he be held on a $1 million cash bond. As a condition of his bond, the court commissioner also ordered Cain not to have any contact with the victim’s family and not possess any dangerous weapons. Cain would also be required to surrender his passport and not leave Dane County if he posts bond.

Nicholas’ mother, Laisha Cooke, spoke during Cain’s court appearance to request he be held on the “highest bond you can give him.”

“He has really changed my life. He has changed my life, my youngest son’s life, his friends, his family, the community, coaches, his teammates, people he went to school with — we are all very distraught over what happened because we all know Nicholas,” Cooke said. “And we all know that he did not deserve this. He is not the type of person that warranted this heinous crime to happen to him.”

Prosecutors alleged that the shooting that killed Cooke was caught on camera and an independent witness identified Cain as the shooter.

RELATED: Man wanted in deadly east Madison shooting arrested in Chicago, police say

Chicago police arrested Cain earlier this year after he ran from a traffic stop; the 19-year-old allegedly had a gun on him at the time he was arrested.

Cain’s next court appearance is a preliminary hearing scheduled for Oct. 11 at 3 p.m.