THURSDAY 9/2/2021 12:26 p.m.
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Bond has been set at $750,000 cash for a Milwaukee man accused of fatally bludgeoning his 12-year-old grandson whom he accused of stealing his money.
A criminal complaint alleges that 54-year-old Andrez Martina used a sledgehammer, mallet and coat rack to beat Andre Smith II for up to 90 minutes Sunday before the boy was pronounced dead at a Milwaukee hospital.
Martina is charged in Milwaukee County with five counts, including first-degree intentional homicide and physical abuse of a child with repeated acts causing death.
His public defender, Stephen Sargent, has not returned a call seeking comment.
UPDATE: Police say Milwaukee man beat grandson to death with hammer
WEDNESDAY 9/1/2021 10:37 a.m.
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Authorities say a 12-year-old was bludgeoned to death by his grandfather who blamed the child for stealing his money.
A criminal complaint filed Tuesday accuses Andrez Martina of using a sledgehammer, mallet and coat rack to assault Andre Smith II. Smith died Sunday at a Milwaukee hospital.
The cause of death was listed as multiple blunt force injuries to the head. The 54-year-old Martina is charged in Milwaukee County with first-degree intentional homicide and other counts.
Martina told police that he awoke at 3 a.m. Sunday to find his wallet open and money missing. The victim denied taking the money.
A witness told police that Martina continued beating the child for up to 90 minutes.
Martina could face up to two life sentences, plus 60 years in prison and could be fined up to $225,000.
Local 5 will continue to update this story.
ORIGINAL: Milwaukee PD looking for suspect after 12-year-old killed, 8-year-old injured
MONDAY 8/30/2021 8:51 a.m.
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Milwaukee police are investigating the homicide of a 12-year-old boy who died after suffering blunt force trauma.
An 8-year-old was also injured Sunday and taken to the hospital.
A number of neighbors, including Lewis Williams, told reporters a hammer was apparently used to inflict the injuries.
Williams said he overheard the younger boy talking at the scene and describing how the assailant tried to hit him with a hammer, too.
Police say they are searching for a known suspect.
An autopsy by the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner’s Office is expected to be done Monday.