The last time I posted on the murder of Milwaukee trans man and rapper Evon Young five suspects, 37 year old Ron Allen, 23 year old Devin Seaberry, 26 year old Billy Griffin, 18 year old Ashanti Mcalister, and 27 year old Victor Stewart had been arrested and charged with Young's murder.
In a January 31 court hearing they defendants all plead not guilty to the first-degree intentional homicide charges they face. The charges come with a
maximum life in prison sentence if they are convicted
Young was brutally killed and once the the murder was done one or more of the perpetrators took the body to a trash dumpster behind an apartment complex and set it on fire. But by the time the police detectives investigating the case discovered that information, the dumpster in question had been picked up and emptied around January 8 at a transfer station before being taken to a massive landfill in Menomonee Falls, WI
While the court pleas were happening, the police on January 28 began searching a 200 by 200 foot section of the landfill with cadaver dogs for Young's body which ended after 13 days. Then on February 19 a body was discovered near a dumpster at 63rd and Kraul Streets where evidence in the Young murder was previously found. It raised the hopes of Young's family that it was his body, but it turned out not to be.
Despite the lack of a body, police and prosecuotrs belive that they have collected enough crime scene evidence combined with the statements of the alleged killers to secure convictions in this case.
As for the projected trial dates for the defendants in tthe Young case, they are as follows. Billy Griffin is first up on June 10. Ron Joseph Allen and Ashanti Mcalister get their day in court on June 24. Victor Stewart will start on July
1 and Devin L. Seaberry on July 8. Those dates could change based on whether they change their initial 'not guilty' pleas and take plea bargains or the trials get rescheduled.
Will Evon Young's family get justice? That remains to be seen. But you know I will keep you posted about any developments in this case as I get the information.