MILWAUKEE -- Two people from Milwaukee are now charged in connection with the shooting death of David McKay on Thursday, June 23rd. The accused are 29-year-old Garry Stewart and 27-year-old Lolita Whitehead.
It is a night Mike McGinnis wishes he did not experience.
"I just heard what I thought was a firework," said McGinnis.
On June 23rd, behind his home near 67th and Stevenson, he found a man laying. He did not know 35-year-old David McKay had just moments to live.
"He was flipped over and I lifted his shirt up and I could see two holes in his back. It was the most awful noise I'd ever heard coming from a person," said McGinnis.
When police got to the scene, no one was around, but the defendant did leave something behind -- his fingerprints.
Two people are now in custody.
Investigators say those fingerprints belong to 29-year-old Garry Stewart.
In a newly filed criminal complaint, we are learning what investigators say led up to the murder.
Police say earlier in the night, the victim was close to 67th and Stevenson -- near 60th and Keefe at a party.
Investigators say someone from the party called Stewart to let him know McKay may have a lot of money.
Stewart and another woman, 27-year-old Lolita Whitehead, eventually followed McKay in their car. Whitehead stayed in her vehicle has Steward tried to rob McKay.
"You could hear the scuffle of two guys moving around an intermittent pop, pop," said McGinnis.
Whitehead was charged for allegedly driving Stewart around — and then away from the scene of the crime. Whitehead told police that after she heard gunshots, she realized “Stewart was in a robbery.” She said when Stewart came back to the car, “he had money sticking out of his front jacket pockets — and said, ‘I hope he ain’t dead.'” Later Whitehead told police when she and Stewart got home, they had “approximately $2,500” — and that they “went to Bouchard’s and bought clothes and food and a hotel room and stuff for her kids.”
McGinnis is happy the two have been caught while still trying to comprehend what he saw.
"It's so fast and you don't believe what you're seeing in front of you," said McGinnis.
Stewart faces the following charges:
- First-degree reckless homicide – party to a crime, habitual criminality repeater, use of a dangerous weapon
- Armed robbery – party to a crime, habitual criminality repeater
- Possession of a firearm by a felon, habitual criminality repeater
Whitehead is charged with harboring or aiding a felon.
Stewart faces a maximum sentence of 60 years in prison on the most serious charge (reckless homicide). Whitehead faces up to ten years in prison and $25,000 in fines if convicted.