RACINE COUNTY — A second person has been criminally charged in connection with the October death of Kim Cantwell, whose body was alleged tossed into a dumpster at the Sunshine Supermarket store near 16th and Taylor Avenue in Racine.
Charges were filed against 49-year-old Harry Fumich in October.
He faces one count of first degree intentional homicide, repeater, one count of hiding a corpse as party to a crime and one count of theft of movable property from a person/corpse, repeater.
Fumich has pleaded not guilty. He has a pre-trial conference scheduled for January 6th.
A charge of first degree intentional homicide as party to a crime was filed on November 4th against 31-year-old Myquette Johnson.
Johnson made her initial appearance in court in this case on December 12th. Probable cause was found for further proceedings in this case.
A preliminary hearing was scheduled for December 21st.
Cash bond was set at $50,000.
Kim Cantwell and Harry Fumich lived in apartments across the hall from each other, above the Sunshine Supermarket store near 16th and Taylor Avenue in Racine.
According to a criminal complaint, Johnson was interviewed by police on October 5th, and stated that Fumich killed Cantwell on October 4th after Fumich stated: “I hate Kim. She ridiculed my name.” Johnson told investigators Fumich was “tired” of Cantwell, and “the fact that she seemed to start a lot of controversy.”
During the morning hours on October 4th, the complaint indicates Fumich wanted to know whether Cantwell had any money on her, as she owed him some. Johnson said she and Cantwell had been downstairs in the Sunshine Supermarket store and she noticed Cantwell had a little money, but she told Fumich Cantwell did not have money. Johnson told investigators Fumich wanted Johnson to distract Cantwell’s boyfriend while Fumich and Cantwell talked.
Johnson told investigators she, Fumich and Cantwell were in Fumich’s apartment when Fumich told Cantwell he had something to show her in a back bedroom. Johnson said Fumich “almost immediately” choked Cantwell and she collapsed on the floor — before Fumich took medication from her pocket, according to the complaint.
The complaint indicates Johnson told investigators while Fumich was choking Cantwell, Cantwell said: “Are you going to (expletive) kill me?”
Johnson said Fumich eventually wrapped Cantwell’s body in a blanket and put it in the refrigerator — and she and Fumich then left to “get some crack.”
According to the complaint, they later returned to Fumich’s apartment and a third person arrived. Johnson said Fumich told this person that he killed Cantwell, and Fumich “brought up the idea of throwing the body into the dumpster.”
Johnson said Fumich and this third person did so — tossing Cantwell’s body down into the dumpster outside Sunshine Supermarket.
One day later, the complaint indicates police were contacted by this third person, regarding information related to a homicide.
Officers responded to Sunshine Supermarket and learned the dumpster reserved for trash had just been picked up by Waste Management. Waste Management was contacted, and Cantwell’s body was located wrapped in a blanket at a Waste Management dump site.
The individual who led police to the body in this case has not been criminally charged.