Brothers accused of homicide: Complaint says neither called 911 or tried to call police
MILWAUKEE (WITI) — Charges were filed on Tuesday, April 21st against two men accused in the shooting death of Michael Powell. The accused are 26-year-old Aaron Jones and 24-year-old Aric Jones — brothers from Milwaukee.
Aaron Jones faces a charge of second-degree intentional homicide. Aric Jones is charged with second-degree intentional homicide as well as possession of a firearm by a felon.
The victim in this case, 18-year-old Michael Powell, was found shot to death inside a home near 29th and Melvina on Tuesday afternoon, April 14th.
According to the criminal complaint, Powell had a “reported history of mental health problems” and apparently entered the shared residence of the Jones brothers around 1:45 p.m. on April 14th. He did so without the consent of the Jones brothers. The complaint indicates “Aric Jones, by his own admission, while armed with a 40 caliber semi-automatic handgun…aided and abetted by his brother…shot and killed” Powell.
The complaint says both the Jones brothers “admitted to police that neither defendant called 911 or otherwise attempted to obtain police assistance upon observing and/or learning that the victim had entered the residence without consent.” Jones apparently told police “he thought (Powell) had a gun. However, no gun was recovered and no evidence of a second firearm was located at the scene. The complaint says, “The totality of the circumstances support the conclusion that the defendants’ use of any alleged ‘defensive’ force was unnecessary and easily avoided.”
If convicted on the charges, each faces up to 60 years in prison.