Two men plead not guilty in scrapyard murder case

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David Byrd, Jimmy Williams

MILWAUKEE — Two men accused in a scrapyard murder near 31st and Burleigh plead not guilty Thursday. 20-year-old David Byrd and 23-year-old Jimmy Williams have been charged in the death of scrapyard owner, Sean Jenkins.

David Byrd, Jimmy Williams

Investigators say the two, along with a third man, Derrick Byrd, targeted Jenkins, believing he was carrying cash.

According to the criminal complaint, Byrd and Williams and a third person, Derrick Byrd, went to the scrapyard where they were “going to ‘whoop’ the victim and take his money.” When Jenkins was leaving the scrapyard, David Byrd ran up to Jenkins and pulled out a gun. Jenkins ran and tried to get away from David Byrd. But moments later, out of the view of Williams, David Byrd allegedly shot Jenkins several times.

Derrick Byrd and David Byrd both jumped into Jenkins’ car and drove away from the scene.

The complaint also shows the gun used in the murder of Jenkins was also used in the armed robbery of a man on October 7, 2011. The victim had just purchased beer at a corner store near 27th and Wells. He noticed the suspect who had a gun with a “beam” on it — so he started to run. In the process, the victim heard gun shots and was hit. He fell to the ground. The suspect then approached the victim, took money and a cell phone, and took off. The Wisconsin State Crime Lab compared brass shell casings found after the robbery with those found at the murder scene, and determined they were shot from the same firearm. The District Attorney is looking into whether the gun is connected to additional violent crimes.

Byrd is facing charges of first degree intentional homicide, possession of a firearm by a felon, first degree reckless injury and armed robbery. Williams faces a felony murder charge.

The next court appearance for Byrd and Williams is scheduled for April 3rd. If convicted on all the charges, David Byrd faces up to life in prison. Jimmy Williams faces up to 55 years in prison if found guilty of the charge against him.

Derrick Byrd

In February, 21-year-old Derrick Byrd and Navidia Bolden were also charged in connection with the Jenkins murder. Byrd was charged with felony murder and faces up to 55 years in prison if convicted.

Bolden is charged with unauthorized use of personal identifying information, party to a crime. If convicted, she could face up to six years in prison.