Student injured in Kenosha Bradford stabbing dies

Suspect faces 60 years in prison
Posted at 2:13 PM, Apr 28, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-28 20:26:46-04

KENOSHA -- The student who was stabbed by another student at Kenosha's Bradford High School earlier this week has died, TODAY'S TMJ4 has learned.

Fifteen-year-old Timothy Carson will be charged as an adult with second degree intentional homicide by use of a dangerous weapon. He's accused of  stabbing another student in the chest on Tuesday. The victim's name is not being released because he is a minor.

In the criminal complaint submitted Friday, it details what witnesses saw the day of the incident. Tuesday, around 8:25 a.m., an unnamed student says Carson entered a classroom and shortly thereafter, the victim and two other students came in. A witness says one of those students held the door to hold the teacher outside, with the student claiming he was "playing" with the teacher.

Another unnamed witness says Carson pulled up his pants and said, "what's up?" "like he wanted to fight." The victim made his way to the defendant and punched Carson in the face.

Multiple unnamed witnesses explained that as Carson swung his right arm at the victim, with one witness saying Carson made a "stabbing" motion. Another unnamed witness says Carson was holding a folding knife by his side.

After the alleged stabbing, a witness says the victim stumbled backwards, losing a shoe. The victim turned and ran out of the room and told a nearby teacher, "He stabbed me, he stabbed me."

Carson then said, "I didn't touch him."

According to the criminal complaint, surveillance video shows Carson and his girlfriend walk to a classroom. As Carson went in, the girl left. Shortly after, the victim entered the classroom and about 30 seconds later came back into view. The complaint says the victim lifted his shirt up before attempting to run and he traveled a short distance and fell to the ground.

A doctor says the victim had a one to two centimeter stab wound to the right atrium of the heart. Police say they found a knife with a four inch handle and 3.5 inch blade in a garbage can. Carson told police he threw the knife there.

The victim of  the stabbing was taken to an area hospital via Flight for Life, where they remained in critical condition for multiple days. He was pronounced dead around 11 a.m. Friday morning.

While talking to police, Carson says he and the victim had issues leading up to the incident. One witness says last week during during spring break, Carson and his girlfriend had broken up briefly before getting back together. During the short hiatus of their relationship, the victim had contacted the girl to "meet up." Carson found out about the conversations and wanted to fight the victim. The witness says Carson pointed a black and silver handgun at the victim and told him to give him all of his stuff.

The witness says the victim told Carson to shoot him before they all left the park.

Carson told police he saw a conversation between his girlfriend and the victim where the victim told her Carson had been cheating on her and the victim appeared to be trying to break the two of them up.

In court, the state successfully argued for a $250,000 cash bond.

"This was witnessed by a number of witnesses and those witnesses indicate only one person reached Mr. Carson and engaged Mr. Carson in a fist fight," said Kenosha County District Attorney Mike Graveley. "And Mr. Carson, the defendant, was instead involved in a knife wielding, deadly incident. I don't believe Kenosha County has ever had a homicide inside of a school building or, in fact, on school grounds in its history. I think that accentuates the seriousness of the offense to the community and this particular individual.”

Carson will be in court May 12 and faces up to 60 years in prison if convicted.

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