MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN – The parents of a 14-year-old boy accused of killing a man were charged Friday with providing the gun allegedly used by the boy to shoot the victim multiple times, according to a criminal complaint.
Jammie Lewis Yerks, 42, of Milwaukee was charged with first-degree intentional homicide, party to a crime/use of a dangerous weapon. Chacette M. Buchanan, 35, of Menasha was charged with intentionally contributing to the delinquency of a child resulting in death, party to a crime.
The boy is charged as an adult with first-degree intentional homicide in the fatal shooting of Dennis Smith Jr., 27, of Milwaukee, on Aug. 18 in the 2300 block of W. Keefe Ave. The Journal Sentinel is not identifying the boy because he could be waived into juvenile court. Bail for the boy is set at $500,000, and he is in custody at the Milwaukee County Children’s court center.
An autopsy revealed Smith suffered at least 23 entrance and exit wounds as a result of the shooting that stemmed from a fight between him and the boy, according to a criminal complaint.
According to witness accounts cited in the complaint that charges Yerks and Buchanan:
Smith became involved in an argument with the boy on the morning of Aug. 18. At one point, he brandished a handgun, which he then tucked in his waistband.
Smith also pushed the boy twice, causing him to fall into a porch rail, before a companion of the boy called the boy’s father and told him to bring a gun.
A short time later Yerks and Buchanan pulled up in a car driven by Yerks. He passed a large black gun to Buchanan, who then gave it to the boy.
The boy then fired a volley of shots, striking Smith. He paused and then fired several more shots.
“He showed no mercy,” one witness told police.
The complaint does not address whether a handgun was found on Smith.
After killing Smith, according to the complaint, the boy got into Yerks’ car and they fled.
Buchanan then called a son who lives in Menasha, telling him to drive to Milwaukee to pick up the 14-year-old because the boy had “gotten into trouble.”
On Aug. 31 the boy and his parents were arrested at the Menasha home of Buchanan’s son, according to the complaint.
Yerks, who has a previous record for theft, issuing worthless checks and operating a vehicle without the owner’s consent, was being held in the Milwaukee County Jail Friday. Bail was set at $500,000.
If convicted Yerks could be sentenced to life in prison.
Buchanan, who has a previous conviction for disorderly conduct, also was in jail Friday. Her bail was set at $500,000. If convicted she could be sentenced to up to 25 years in prison.