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Cudahy man charged in connection to Johnsons Park homicide

Johnsons Park
Posted at 6:37 PM, Jun 16, 2021
and last updated 2021-06-17 17:37:00-04

MILWAUKEE — On Monday a 33-year-old Cudahy man was charged in connection to a homicide in Johnsons Park last month.

Charles William Reddic was charged with 1st-Degree Reckless Homicide - Use of a Dangerous Weapon and Possession of a Firearm - Convicted of a Felony.

The Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office alleges Reddic killed David Hughes in Johnsons Park in Milwaukee on May 31.

A criminal complaint released Thursday states the Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office responded to a shooting at Johnsons Park that day. There, they found a victim, David Hughes, laying on the pavilion on North 19th Street.

A responding deputy reported the victim appeared to have suffered several gunshot wounds. The deputy and later the Milwaukee Fire Department tried to save him, but he died from his injuries.

A Milwaukee Police Department Shotspotter device at the time reported nine gunshots in that area. Investigators found six shell casings, and a K-9 later found a seventh casing in the area, according to the complaint.

An autopsy concluded Hughes was shot eight times in the scalp, top of head, left shoulder, left neck, left hip and right wrist. The autopsy ruled it was a homicide, the complaint states.

Authorities say a witness said she had been hanging out with the victim at the park when she noticed someone through the corner of her eye running at her and the victim. The witness says she turned and saw the defendent, Charles Reddic, come up behind the victim and shoot him in the back of the head, the complaint states.

The witness says she knew Reddic. She said she was less than a foot away when the first gunshot was fired. She begged Reddic to stop, authorities say.

The witness continued to investigators that Reddic was wearing a mask, which she saw him remove from his face and then fire four to five more gunshots. The witness said she believed Reddic wanted the victim to see who had shot him, the complaint states.

The witness says Reddic then got on one knee and started going through the victim's pockets and fanny pack. He then took the fanny pack and ran through the park, according to the complaint.

On Monday during his initial appearance, cash bond was set for Reddic at $100,000.

Reddic could face up to 75 years in prison if found guilty. He will be back in court for his preliminary hearing on June 21.

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