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At trial for man accused of murdering city worker, prosecutor asks ‘whether holding shotgun is reckless’

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Deshaun Scott

MILWAUKEE -- The first witnesses took the stand on Tuesday, May 22 in the murder trial of one of three men charged in connection with the murder of Greg "Ziggy" Zyszkiewicz, a beloved City of Milwaukee housing inspector murdered on the job.

Prosecutors say Deshaun Scott, 19, is the one who pulled the trigger, killing Zyszkiewicz in what they authorities say was a botched carjacking. The defense argues there is no physical evidence proving that is true.

During the prosecution's opening statement in Scott's trial, the district attorney said police interviews and surveillance video will prove to the jury Scott is guilty of first degree reckless homicide, as well as four other felony charges, including armed robbery and fleeing officers.

Greg "Ziggy" Zyszkiewicz

Homicide at 23rd and Cherry

Housing inspector with 33 years experience shot, killed near 23rd and Cherry

Michael Jerome Lonski

"You'll have to decided whether holding a shotgun is a reckless act or not," said Michael Jerome Lonski, prosecutor.

On March 22, 2017, Scott and two other men -- Eric Smiley, 22, and Qhualun Shaw, 18, are accused of taking part in a crime spree in Milwaukee. It began with all three driving a stolen car to a gas station, where they carjacked a woman. They then drove the two vehicles to 23rd and Cherry, where they noticed Zyszkiewicz in his car.

"Mr. Shaw will tell you that Mr. Scott approached. He had to shoot the guy because he grabbed for the gun," said Lonski.

All three then drove off. Officers later arrested Scott after a pursuit in the stolen vehicle. The first witness called to testify for the state on Tuesday was the officer who took Scott into custody.

Ryan Reagan

Michael Plaisted

"I observed that Mr. Scott was operating the car," said Ryan Reagan, MPD officer.

The defense argued that doesn't mean Scott pulled the trigger in the shooting of Zyszkiewicz. Instead, the defense said Scott became the fall guy among the group and Milwaukee police rushed to believe the story.

"Was there blood or shotgun residue on Scott?" said Michael Plaisted, defense attorney.

"No," said Officer Reagan.

"They can't prove beyond a reasonable doubt," Said Plaisted.

Shaw is expected to testify against Scott later on in the trial.

Deshaun Scott, Qhualan Shaw, Eric Smiley

Below are the charges in this case:

Deshaun Scott

Deshaun Scott, 19 is one of three charged in the case. He faces the below charges:

  • First degree reckless homicide, use of a dangerous weapon
  • Attempted armed robbery
  • Armed robbery as party to a crime
  • Operator flee/elude officer, bodily harm or property damage
  • Possession of a firearm-adjudicated delinquent of a felony

Eric Smiley

Eric Smiley Jr., 22, faces these charges:

  • Felony murder
  • Armed robbery, as party to a crime
  • Vehicle operator flee/elude officer
  • Possession of a firearm-convicted of a felony
  • Felony bail jumping (two counts)
  • Battery

He has a jury trial scheduled to begin in July -- with a final pre-trial hearing set for June 18.

Qhualun Shaw

Qhualun Shaw, 18, faces these charges:

  • Felony murder
  • Armed robbery, as party to a crime
  • Felony bail jumping

He has a plea hearing set for July 12.

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