“Could’ve been my daughter:” Paul Farr, also charged in Laylah Petersen’s death, testifies during Carl Barrett’s trial

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MILWAUKEE -- Wednesday, September 28th was the third day of the trial for Carl Barrett Jr. -- one of three men charged in connection with the fatal shooting of five-year-old Laylah Petersen.

Petersen would have turned six years old on September 23rd, 2015. But her young life was cut short when she was shot while she was sitting on her grandfather's lap inside a home near 58th and Fairmount on November 6, 2014 -- watching TV along with her seven-year-old sister Destiny and her grandmother.

Laylah Petersen

Laylah Petersen

Petersen died at the hospital. Her death was ruled a homicide.

Police say those involved in Petersen's death intended to shoot up a different house, and shot the wrong one.

Carl Barrett

Carl Barrett

21-year-old Carl Barrett Jr. faces the following charges in this case:

  • First degree reckless homicide, use of a dangerous weapon, as party to a crime
  • First degree recklessly endangering safety, use of a dangerous weapon, as party to a crime (three counts)

In August, Barrett pleaded not guilty -- and Monday, September 26th was the first day of his jury trial.

On Wednesday, the prosecution rested.

Paul Farr

Paul Farr

One of the witnesses taking the stand on Wednesday was Paul Farr -- one of the other men charged in this case. Farr told the court he became concerned about what happened on November 6th, 2014 after learning about Laylah Petersen's death on the news.

Sara Hill, prosecutor: "What is it that you saw or heard that made you kind of worried about what had happened that night?"

"I watched the news and saw that a little girl had got killed. Somebody got killed. And it was a kid and that could have been anybody's kid. It could have been my daughter," Farr said.

Carl Barrett, Arlis Gordon, Paul Farr

Carl Barrett, Arlis Gordon, Paul Farr

Farr and the third man charged in this case, Arlis Gordon, have reached plea deals.

Gordon will be sentenced in December, and Farr on October 21st.

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1 Comment

  • Slice

    goes to show the IQ of these thugs, they shot up the wrong house, they were 4 blocks off. Bring back the death penalty, why should taxpayers be on the hook for these useless people?

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