“I didn’t mean to hurt her:” Tony Nollie faces homicide charge in death of Melody Helgren

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MILWAUKEE COUNTY — A 52-year-old man faces a charge of first degree reckless homicide in connection with the death of Melody Helgren, which occurred on June 16th near Sherman and Rohr.

Tony Nollie

Tony Nollie

A criminal complaint filed against Tony Nollie of Milwaukee says 48-year-old Helgren was found lying on the floor of a home — suffering from a gunshot wound to her head. Helgren was pronounced dead at the hospital.

An autopsy determined Helgren died as a result of that gunshot wound to her head, and her death was ruled a homicide.

The complaint indicates investigators spoke with a neighbor of Tony Nollie, who indicated she came upon Nollie, who appeared intoxicated. The woman stated that Nollie said: “I didn’t mean to do it. I didn’t mean to hurt her. I’m sorry! I shouldn’t have did that. I don’t know what I’m gonna do! She’s in the room, in the bedroom.”

When his neighbor asked Nollie what he was talking about, Nollie said: “I shot her because we been arguing. I didn’t mean to do it. I’m sorry!”

Shooting near Sherman & Rohr

Investigators spoke with Nollie, who stated that he and Helgren had gone to a bar and drank three to four drinks before coming home, where they began to argue. While arguing, Nollie told investigators Helgren said she was going to leave.

That’s when Nollie said he grabbed his firearm from his dresser and pointed it toward Helgren, telling her that she was not going anywhere. Nollie said he pulled the trigger, and Helgren was shot in the head.

Homicide near Sherman and Rohr on June 16th

Nollie told investigators he then called his neighbor and asked her to call 911.

Shooting near Sherman & Rohr

Nollie said “it was a very bad decision to retrieve the gun and point it at Helgren,” according to the complaint.

Nollie made his initial appearance in this case on June 21st.

Cash bond was set at $100,000.

He was in court Wednesday, June 29th for his preliminary hearing. Probable cause was found for Nollie to stand trial in this case. He has pleaded not guilty.

He will next be in court on July 15th for a scheduling conference.