Found Deceased WI - Prince McRee, 5, Critical Missing, last seen 9am at home near 54th & Meinecke, discovered missing 1pm, Milwaukee, 25 Oct 2023

Monday, March 4th:
*Preliminary Hearing (@ 1:30pm ET) - WI - Prince McCree (5) went missing around 1pm on Oct. 25, 2023 & on 10/26/23 found dead in dumpster, the child was found with injuries from blunt force trauma a mile south on the 5500 block of West Vliet Street near Holly Road, Milwaukee. - *Erik J. Mendoza aka Erik J. Krause-Mendoza (15/now 16) arrested (10/23/23) & charged (10/30/23) with 1st degree felony intentional homicide, felony physical abuse of a child, repeated acts causing death, hiding a corpse, 3 counts of 1st degree recklessly endangering safety use of dangerous weapon (in connection with a series of alleged stabbings on Oct. 23, 2023 in the city).
Case & Court info from 10/25/23 thru 11/8/23 reference post #112 here:
https://www.websleuths.com/forums/t...ssing-1pm-milwaukee-25-oct-2023.694231/page-6

11/28/23 Update: Motion hearing held via Zoom with Judge Laura Graling Perez presiding. Appearances: Assistant DA Matthew Torbenson, defendant: Erik Mendoza (in-custody) & his attorney Scott Franklin Anderson. Re: Criminal Complaint. Case in court for Motion Hearing. Counsel has been appointed for defendant. Court instructs Defense Counsel to have any motions filed no later than 12/15/23. Court instructs State to have any responses filed no later than 1/9/24. Court advises ALL parties who will be observing proceedings will need to have their camera on for the next hearing. Case is scheduled for Motion Hearing on 1/16/24 @ 2pm in Branch 32 via Zoom.
1/16/24 Update: Motion hearing held via Zoom, Judge Laura Gramling Perez presiding. Appearances: Assistant DA Matthew Torbenson, defendant Erik Mendoza & attorneys for Defendant Scott Franklin Anderson. Re: Criminal Complaint. Defendant's Motion to Compel State to Turn Over Discovery Prior to Preliminary Examination filed Attorney Anderson 12-15-23. Re: Defendant's Reply to States' Response on Discovery Issue filed 12-28-23 & Re: Defendant's Response to State's Reply to Motion to Dismiss CT 4-6 filed 12-28-23 23CF4960. Discussions held regarding discovery & the motion to dismiss counts 4-6 [3 counts of 1st degree recklessly endangering safety/use of a dangerous weapon. State DENIES the motion regarding discovery. Discussions held regarding motion to dismiss counts 4-6. For reasons stated on the record, court DENIES the motion regarding dismissal of counts 4-6. Court tolls time limits. Case is scheduled for In Person Preliminary Hearing on 3/4/24 @ 1:30pm.
*David E. Pietura (27) – Final pretrial hearing on 5/3/24. Trial set to begin on 6/3/24.
 
The trial for a Milwaukee man accused in the death of 5-year-old Prince McCree, whose body was found in a dumpster, has been scheduled to begin June 3.

David Pietura, 27, is charged with first-degree intentional homicide, physical abuse of a child and hiding a corpse. He pleaded not guilty to those charges in November 2023.
 
for Mendoza:

Court activities
Date Time Location Description Type Court official
03-28-2024 09:00 am VRP Youth & Family Justice Ctr, Rm 2421 Status hearing Court Gramling Perez-32, Laura


Court record
Date Event Court official Court reporter Amount
03-04-2024 Proposed Order Gramling Perez-32, Laura
Additional text:
filled. Proposed Order to Seal Document (Exhibits 1-20)

03-04-2024 Exhibit list Gramling Perez-32, Laura
Additional text:
filed. Exhibits 1-20

03-04-2024 Preliminary hearing Gramling Perez-32, Laura Betler, Makena
Additional text:
HEARING IS HELD IN PERSON
Appearances:
Assistant District Attorney: Matthew Torbenson, Jessica Behling
Defendant: Erik Mendoza
Attorneys for Defendant: Scott Franklin Anderson
Re: Criminal Complaint 23CF4960
Case in court for Preliminary Hearing.
Sworn & Testified: Detective Matthew Bughman
Det. Bughman positively identified defendant in court
Sworn & Testified: Detective Daniel O'Connell
State showed Atty Anderson Exhibits 1-9 prior to calling the next witness.
Sworn & Testified: Officer Nicholas Wilckens
Officer positively identifies defendant.
State offers Exhibits 1-9 as evidence.
Court accepts Exhibits 1-9 into evidence.
Sworn & Testified: Detective Shawn Lesniewski
Detective positively identifies defendant.
State shows Detective Lesniewski Exhibits 10-20.
State offiers Exhibits 10-20 as Evidence.
Court accept Exhibits 10-20 into evidence
Sworn & Testified: Detective Kent Gordon
Detective positively identifies defendant.
State rests.
Defense moves to dismiss.
Court draws reasonable inference as to the cause of death and bounds defendant over for trial.
State requests that documents accepted as evidence be sealed.
Court ORDERS evidence received in this juncture today to be sealed.
Case 23CF4960 is scheduled for Status Hearing on March 28, 2024 at 9:00am in Branch 32 via Zoom.
Meeting ID: 854 5087 1829
Password: 659897

02-19-2024 Order of Court of Appeals
Additional text:
Per Order dated February 19, 2024, Appeal No 2024AP152-LV,
IT IS ORDERED that the petition for leave to appeal is denied. No costs to any party.

01-30-2024 Petition
Additional text:
Petition for Leave to Appeal Non-Final Order, Case No. 213CF004960, courtesy copy received and filed.

01-30-2024 Acknowledgment from Court of Appeals
Additional text:
Acknowledgement of Filing of Writ/Petition has been filed with Wisconsin Court of Appeals - Appeal No. 2024AP000152-CRLV

01-29-2024 Order Gramling Perez-32, Laura
Additional text:
signed & filed. Order

01-29-2024 Proposed Order
Additional text:
received and filed. Proposed Order

link: Wisconsin Circuit Court Access
 
Thursday, March 28th:
*Status Hearing via Zoom (@ 9am ET) - WI - Prince McCree (5) went missing around 1pm on Oct. 25, 2023 & on 10/26/23 found dead in dumpster, the child was found with injuries from blunt force trauma a mile south on the 5500 block of West Vliet Street near Holly Road, Milwaukee. - *Erik J. Mendoza aka Erik J. Krause-Mendoza (15/now 16) arrested (10/23/23) & charged (10/30/23) with 1st degree felony intentional homicide, felony physical abuse of a child, repeated acts causing death, hiding a corpse, 3 counts of 1st degree recklessly endangering safety use of dangerous weapon (in connection with a series of alleged stabbings on Oct. 23, 2023 in the city).
Judge Laura Gramling Perez presiding. Assistant DA Matthew Torbenson & Jessica Behling. Defense attorney Scott Franklin Anderson.
Case & Court info from 10/25/23 thru 11/28/23 reference post #121 here:
https://www.websleuths.com/forums/t...ssing-1pm-milwaukee-25-oct-2023.694231/page-7

1/16/24 Update: Motion hearing held via Zoom, Judge Laura Gramling Perez presiding. Appearances: Assistant DA Matthew Torbenson, defendant Erik Mendoza & attorneys for Defendant Scott Franklin Anderson. Re: Criminal Complaint. Defendant's Motion to Compel State to Turn Over Discovery Prior to Preliminary Examination filed Attorney Anderson 12-15-23. Re: Defendant's Reply to States' Response on Discovery Issue filed 12-28-23 & Re: Defendant's Response to State's Reply to Motion to Dismiss CT 4-6 filed 12-28-23 23CF4960. Discussions held regarding discovery & the motion to dismiss counts 4-6 [3 counts of 1st degree recklessly endangering safety/use of a dangerous weapon. State DENIES the motion regarding discovery. Discussions held regarding motion to dismiss counts 4-6. For reasons stated on the record, court DENIES the motion regarding dismissal of counts 4-6. Court tolls time limits. Case is scheduled for In Person Preliminary Hearing on 3/4/24 @ 1:30pm.
1/29/24 Docket update: Proposed Order received & filed. Order signed & filed by Laura Gramling Perez. 1/20/24 Docket: Acknowledgement of filing of Writ/Petition has been filed with Wisconsin Court of Appeals. Appeal No. 2024AP000152-CRLV. Petition for Leave to Appeal Non-Final Order, Case No. 213CF004960, courtesy copy received & filed.
2/18/24 Update: Order of the Court of Appeals. Per Order dated February 19, 2024, Appeal No 2024AP152-LV, it is Ordered that the petition for leave to appeal is denied. No costs to any party.
3/4/24 Update: Preliminary hearing before Judge Laura Gramling Perez. Hearing is held in person. Appearances: Assistant DA Matthew Torbenson & Jessica Behling. Defendant: Erik Mendoza. Attorneys for Defendant: Scott Franklin Anderson. Re: Criminal Complaint 23CF4960. Case in court for Preliminary Hearing. Sworn & Testified: Detective Matthew Bughman. Det. Bughman positively identified defendant in court. Sworn & Testified: Detective Daniel O'Connell. State showed Attorney Anderson Exhibits 1-9 prior to calling the next witness. Sworn & Testified: Officer Nicholas Wilckens. Officer positively identifies defendant. State offers Exhibits 1-9 as evidence. Court accepts Exhibits 1-9 into evidence. Sworn & Testified: Detective Shawn Lesniewski. Detective positively identifies defendant. State shows Detective Lesniewski Exhibits 10-20. State officers Exhibits 10-20 as Evidence. Court accept Exhibits 10-20 into evidence. Sworn & Testified: Detective Kent Gordon. Detective positively identifies defendant. State rests. Defense moves to dismiss. Court draws reasonable inference as to the cause of death & bounds defendant over for trial. State requests that documents accepted as evidence be sealed. Court ORDERS evidence received in this juncture today to be sealed. Case 23CF4960 is scheduled for Status Hearing on 3/28/24 @ 9am via Zoom.
*David E. Pietura (27) – Final pretrial hearing on 5/3/24. Trial set to begin on 6/3/24.
 
for Mendoza:

Court activities
Date Time Location Description Type Court official
06-04-2024 09:00 am VRP Youth & Family Justice Ctr, Rm 2421 Hearing Court Gramling Perez-32, Laura


Court record
Date Event Court official Court reporter Amount
03-28-2024 Status hearing Carroll-39, Jane V Rehfeld, Beverly
Additional text:
HEARING IS HELD VIA ZOOM
Appearances:
Assistant District Attorney: Matthew Torbenson, Jessica Behling
Attorneys for Defendant: Scott Franklin Anderson
Re: Criminal Complaint 23CF4960
Case in court for Status Hearing.
Defendant is not produced.
Atty Anderson waives defendants appearance.
Court ORDERS that all parties MUST keep cameras on at all time and NO RECORDING of proceedings is allowed.
Failure to follow these orders will result in possible prosecution.
Court ORDERS Defense to exchange reports by May 10.
State does not anticipate hiring an expert.
Witness lists to be exchanged no later than May 24.
Court will not create a written order.
Bail continues as set.
ALL witnesses must appear in person. ONLY an expert witness may appear via Zoom if they have no other way to appear.
Parties were ordered to notify the courts immediately upon recognition that they are not prepared to proceed on the scheduled date.
Case 23CF4960 is scheduled for Hearing on Reverse Waiver on June 4, 2024 beginning at 9:00am.
Branch to be determined.

link: Wisconsin Circuit Court Access
 
APR 9, 2024
Kids in Wisconsin can now depend on a wider net if they were to ever go missing.

Governor Evers signed the “Prince Act”, named after Prince McCree of Milwaukee, into law to address gaps in the Amber Alert system.

Advocates say those gaps are the reason why McCree and Lily Peters are not with us today.

[...]
 
A docket update for Pietura

Court record
Date Event Court official Court reporter Amount
04-23-2024 Motion in limine Kies-45, Jean Marie
Additional text:
Defendant's Motions in Limine received and filed. bm

04-10-2024 Notice Kies-45, Jean Marie
Additional text:
DNA Notice of Intent to Use. received and filed.DZ

Court activities
Date Time Location Description Type Court official
05-13-2024 08:30 am Safety Building, Room 423 Final pre-trial Court Kies-45, Jean Marie

06-03-2024 08:30 am Safety Building, Room 423 Jury trial Court Kies-45, Jean Marie


link: Wisconsin Circuit Court Access
 
for Mendoza:

Court record
Date Event Court official Court reporter Amount
05-08-2024 Notice of hearing
Additional text:
Motion hearing on May 15, 2024 at 08:30 am to be held via Zoom.

04-30-2024 Notes
Additional text:
ALL DAY IN PERSON MOTION & HEARING (REVERSE WAIVER) scheduled for 9-5 on 6/4 in BR 32, has been RESCHEDULED to BR43 on this same date & time (case should remain on BR32 calendar after the rotation)

04-10-2024 Notice of motion, motion
Additional text:
received and filed. Motion to Adjourn


Court activities
Date Time Location Description Type Court official
05-15-2024 08:30 am VRP Youth & Family Justice Ctr, Rm 2421 Motion hearing Court Gramling Perez-32, Laura

06-04-2024 09:00 am VRP Youth & Family Justice Ctr, Rm 1422 Hearing Court Murray-43, Marshall B.

link: Wisconsin Circuit Court Access
 
Monday, May 13th:
*Final Pretrial Hearing (@ 8:30aam ET) - WI - Prince McCree (5) went missing around 1pm on Oct. 25, 2023 & on 10/26/23 found dead in dumpster, the child was found with injuries from blunt force trauma a mile south on the 5500 block of West Vliet Street near Holly Road, Milwaukee. *David E. Pietura (27) arrested (10/26/23), charged (10/30/23) & arraigned (11/17/23) with 1st degree intentional homicide, felony physical abuse of a child, repeated acts causing death, hiding a corpse, as a party to a crime. Plead not guilty. Cash bond $500K.
Trial set to begin with jury selection on 6/3/24.
Judge Jean Marie Kies presiding. Prosecutors: Matthew J. Torbenson & Jessica Behling. Defense attorney Russell J.A. Jones.

Case & Court info from 10/25/23 thru 11/27/23 reference post #117 here:
https://www.websleuths.com/forums/t...ssing-1pm-milwaukee-25-oct-2023.694231/page-6

1/8/24: Motion to review digital discovery in the jail received & filed. Proposed Order. Order permitting defendant to review digital discovery i the jail signed & filed. Motions hearing on 2/2/24 @ 11am.
2/2/24 Update: Motion hearing held with Jean Marie Kies presiding. Defendant Pietura in court, in custody. Attorney Russell J. A. Jones in court for Pietura. Attorneys Matthew James Torbenson & Jessica Behling in court for State. Case calendared for Miranda Goodchild Motion Hearing this date. Defense advises the Court he is withdrawing the request for motion as upon review there is no meritorious issue. Court does colloquy with the Defendant who waives right to Miranda Goodchild motion. Defense requests Final Pretrial & Jury Trial date. Court advises the parties all pretrial documents are to be filed 48 hours prior to the Final Pretrial date. Final pretrial hearing scheduled on 5/13/24 @ 8:30am & jury trial set to begin on 6/3/24 @ 8:30am.
4/10/24 Docket update: DNA notice of intent to use; received & filed. 4/23/24: Defendant's Motions in Limine received & filed.
*Erik J. Mendoza aka Erik J. Krause-Mendoza (15/now 16) – Motion hearing on 5/15/24. Reverse waiver hearing on 6/4/24.
 
Court record
Date Event Court official Court reporter Amount
05-13-2024 Final pre-trial Kies-45, Jean Marie Worden, Kathleen
Additional text:
Defendant David E Pietura in court, in custody. Attorney Russell J. A. Jones in court for David E Pietura. Attorney Matthew James Torbenson in court for State of Wisconsin. Deputy Court Clerk: bm
Final Pretrial held. State to submit exhibit list to the Court for trial. Court ordered witnesses sequestered. Parties to submit paperwork to the Court by May 29th if case is resolving. Case adjourned for Jury Status Hearing.
Jury status hearing scheduled for May 23, 2024 at 01:30 pm.

05-13-2024 Notice Kies-45, Jean Marie
Additional text:
State's Notice of Intent to Call an Expert Witness received and filed. bm

05-13-2024 Motion in limine Kies-45, Jean Marie
Additional text:
State's Motion in Limine received and filed. bm

05-10-2024 Witness list - plaintiff Kies-45, Jean Marie
Additional text:
State's Witness List received and filed. bm


Court activities
Date Time Location Description Type Court official
05-23-2024 01:30 pm Safety Building, Room 423 Jury status hearing Court Kies-45, Jean Marie

06-03-2024 08:30 am Safety Building, Room 423 Jury trial Court Kies-45, Jean Marie

link: Wisconsin Circuit Court Access
 
Wednesday, May 15th:
*Motions Hearing (@ 8:30am ET) - WI - Prince McCree (5) went missing around 1pm on Oct. 25, 2023 & on 10/26/23 found dead in dumpster, the child was found with injuries from blunt force trauma a mile south on the 5500 block of West Vliet Street near Holly Road, Milwaukee. - *Erik J. Mendoza aka Erik J. Krause-Mendoza (15/now 16) arrested (10/23/23) & charged (10/30/23) with 1st degree felony intentional homicide, felony physical abuse of a child, repeated acts causing death, hiding a corpse, 3 counts of 1st degree recklessly endangering safety use of dangerous weapon (in connection with a series of alleged stabbings on Oct. 23, 2023 in the city).
Judge Laura Gramling Perez presiding. Assistant DA Matthew Torbenson & Jessica Behling. Defense attorney Scott Franklin Anderson.
Case & Court info from 10/25/23 thru 2/18/24 reference post #124 here:
https://www.websleuths.com/forums/t...ssing-1pm-milwaukee-25-oct-2023.694231/page-7

3/4/24 Update: Preliminary hearing before Judge Laura Gramling Perez. Hearing is held in person. Appearances: Assistant DA Matthew Torbenson & Jessica Behling. Defendant: Erik Mendoza. Attorneys for Defendant: Scott Franklin Anderson. Re: Criminal Complaint 23CF4960. Case in court for Preliminary Hearing. Sworn & Testified: Detective Matthew Bughman. Det. Bughman positively identified defendant in court. Sworn & Testified: Detective Daniel O'Connell. State showed Attorney Anderson Exhibits 1-9 prior to calling the next witness. Sworn & Testified: Officer Nicholas Wilckens. Officer positively identifies defendant. State offers Exhibits 1-9 as evidence. Court accepts Exhibits 1-9 into evidence. Sworn & Testified: Detective Shawn Lesniewski. Detective positively identifies defendant. State shows Detective Lesniewski Exhibits 10-20. State officers Exhibits 10-20 as Evidence. Court accept Exhibits 10-20 into evidence. Sworn & Testified: Detective Kent Gordon. Detective positively identifies defendant. State rests. Defense moves to dismiss. Court draws reasonable inference as to the cause of death & bounds defendant over for trial. State requests that documents accepted as evidence be sealed. Court ORDERS evidence received in this juncture today to be sealed. Case 23CF4960 is scheduled for Status Hearing on 3/28/24 @ 9am via Zoom.
3/28/24 Update: Status hearing before Judge Jane V. Carroll. Hearing held via Zoom. Appearances: Assistant DA Matthew Torbenson & Jessica Behling, attorneys for Defendant: Scott Franklin Anderson. Re: Criminal Complaint 23CF4960. Defendant is not present, attorney Anderson waives defendants appearance. Court ORDERS that all parties MUST keep cameras on at all time & NO RECORDING of proceedings is allowed. Failure to follow these orders will result in possible prosecution. Court ORDERS Defense to exchange reports by 5/10/24. State does not anticipate hiring an expert. Witness lists to be exchanged no later than 5/24/24. Court will not create a written order. Bail continues as set. All witnesses must appear in person. Only an expert witness may appear via Zoom if they have no other way to appear. Parties were ordered to notify the courts immediately upon recognition that they are not prepared to proceed on the scheduled date. Case is scheduled for Hearing on Reverse Waiver on 6/4/24 beginning at 9am.
4/10/24 Docket update: Notice of motion to adjourn received & filed. 4/30/24: All Day in person. Motion & hearing (reverse Waiver) scheduled for 9-5 on 6/4/24 courtroom changed from B32 to B43.
5/8/24 Docket update: Notice of hearing. Motion hearing on 5/15/24 @ 8:30am to be held via Zoom.
*David E. Pietura (27) – Jury status hearing on 5/23/24. Trial set to begin on 6/3/24.
 
Mendoza:

Court record
Date Event Court official Court reporter Amount
05-15-2024 Motion Gramling Perez-32, Laura O'Connor, Brian
Additional text:
HEARING IS HELD VIA ZOOM
Appearances:
Assistant District Attorney: Matthew Torbenson, Jessica Behling
Attorneys for Defendant: Scott Franklin Anderson
Re: Criminal Complaint 23CF4960
Case in court for Motion Hearing
Defendant appearances is waived.
Motion to Adjourn Hearing on 06-04-2024. No objections from parties.
Case will remain with Branch 32 after rotation.
Case adjourned in Hearing on August 30 at 8:30am in Person Branch 32.

05-10-2024 Motion
Additional text: received and filed. Defense Motion to Adjourn Reverse Waiver Hearing


Court activities
Date Time Location Description Type Court official
08-30-2024 09:00 am VRP Youth & Family Justice Ctr, Rm 1422 Hearing Court Murray-43, Marshall B.


link: Wisconsin Circuit Court Access
 

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