Police Nab Suspected Serial Killer in Milwaukee
Milwaukee Police have arrested a suspected serial killer, responsible, they believe, for killing at least six prostitutes and a 16-year-old runaway over a two-decade stretch. Authorities say they have DNA evidence linking Walter E. Ellis to the murders and are now looking to see if he can be tied to an additional 24 deaths. The killings began on Milwaukee’s north side in 1986, according to police, but the sporadic nature of the crimes made the culprit harder to catch. For example, they say, two women were killed 1986, three in 1995, one in 1997 and one in 2007. Moreover, police believed they were dealing with someone new to the legal system, and not a career criminal like Ellis. Because Ellis has been arrested so many times – 12 between 1981 and 1998, for which he served a five-year stint for reckless endangerment – police are wondering how he could have avoided a DNA match. The state of Wisconsin has been cataloging DNA since 1996. Police note that no murders occurred during Ellis’ five-year prison term.
Identical Duo on Death Row? If Dante and Donte Hall are convicted and condemned to die for the robbery and murder of two people at a Eustis, Fla., house party three years ago, they could be the first pair of twins on Florida’s death row. “I’ve heard of brothers [on death row], and I’ve heard of fathers and sons, but not twins. Never,” Richard Dieter, executive director of the Death Penalty Information Center, told the Orlando Sentinel. “That would be bizarre, I’d say, and most probably a first.” The identical duo are accused of shooting to death Anthony Bernard Blount, 35, and Kison “Little Mule” Evans, 32. Donte was convicted in April by a separate jury, which voted 8-4 to sentence him to death. (The judge is now bound by the jury recommendation, but he must give it “great weight,” the Sentinel reports.) Dante’s double-murder trial is now underway, and his defense attorneys argue that the homicides were committed by “Donte’s crew.”
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