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Teen pleads no contest to charges in fatal Appleton mall shooting

Posted at 8:35 AM, Nov 11, 2021
and last updated 2021-11-12 10:14:04-05

APPLETON, Wis. (AP) — A man accused in a fatal shooting at a suburban Appleton mall early this year has pleaded no contest to criminal charges.

Eighteen-year-old Dezman Ellis entered the plea to second-degree intentional homicide and first-degree reckless endangering safety in Outagamie County Circuit Court Wednesday.

While visiting the mall on Jan. 31, Ellis, who was 17 at the time, shot and killed Jovanni Frausto during a dispute about a girlfriend. A bystander was also hurt in the shooting. Several law enforcement agencies responded and led guests to safety.

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