Not guilty plea entered for woman charged in Vahlen Street homicide

MADISON, Wis. — Court officials entered a not guilty plea Friday for a woman charged in a July shooting that killed a Milwaukee teen.

Jakyra Peeples, 22, is charged with one count of first-degree intentional homicide as a party to a crime and one count of attempted first-degree intentional homicide as a party to a crime, according to online court records. Peeples stood mute during her arraignment Friday morning.

Peeples and 27-year-old Aquillle Lowe were both arrested earlier this year for their alleged involvement in a shooting on Vahlen Street that killed 18-year-old Laron Bynum. Bynum was found inside of a Kia on Vahlen Street that had previously been reported stolen.

A criminal complaint filed against Peeples alleges that a group of people had gone looking for the Kia and, upon finding it, multiple people open fire.

Peeple’s next court appearance is a status conference scheduled for December 20.