MILWAUKEE -- Charges were filed Monday, Nov. 11 against a Milwaukee man, 23 in connection with the fatal shooting of Tabitha Hill, a mother of five, near 19th Street and Arthur Avenue on Monday, Oct. 7. Prosecutors said Hill dropped a man off at home and took off in his car, and when she tried selling the vehicle, she was shot five times.
Xavier Wade faces the following criminal counts:
- First-degree reckless homicide, use of a dangerous weapon
- Possession of a firearm by a felon
"It was the worst feeling I ever felt in my life," said Nikko Jackson, Hill's brother. ""I wish I was there so I could know why, what?"
According to the criminal complaint, Milwaukee police officers were dispatched to an alley near 19th and Arthur "to investigate a ShotSpotter report of gunfire." When the officers arrived on the scene, they found Hill in the alley, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. The officers attempted CPR, but Hill died at the scene.
An autopsy on Hill revealed she suffered "five gunshot wounds, as well as multiple blunt force injuries."
The complaint said a detective spoke with a person that met Hill on the evening of Oct. 6. That person said Hill drove him home from a bar -- and "after she left, he realized she had taken his car." The man reported his car stolen. A short time after the officer took the report, he "heard gunshots coming from the alley behind (the man's) house."
The car reported stolen was recovered on Oct. 12. The person who had it indicated to police "he had purchased the vehicle from Xavier Wade for $500" on Oct. 8.
Another person police interviewed said on the night of Oct. 6, Hill "showed up at his home with a car. (The person) stated that (Hill) wanted to sell the car to his friend, Xavier Wade, in exchange for drugs." The complaint indicated Wade and Hill left together and that "approximately 20 minutes later, Wade came back alone, admitting to (the person), 'I killed her,' and accusing (Hill) of trying to play them."
Police found the vehicle days later and connected the dots -- arresting Wade.
"I have no idea what she was doing," said Hill's brother. "I wish I could ask her. Unfortunately, I can't."
Wade made his initial appearance in court on Monday, Nov. 11. Cash bond was set at $100,000. He is due back in court for a preliminary hearing on Nov. 19.