Spilled Milk Slaying Case Turns Sour

(Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
The then-13-year-old girl accused of killing her step-grandfather over spilled milk is led from a Milwaukee County courtroom Aug. 11, 2009.

MILWAUKEE (AP) A Milwaukee County prosecutor intends to strengthen the charge against a then-13-year-old girl accused of fatally stabbing her step-grandfather in the neck after he poured her milk down the drain.

Assistant district attorney Kevin Shomin said Monday he plans to amend the charge against 14-year-old Labrina T. Brown from first-degree reckless homicide to first-degree intentional homicide.

He says he's covering his bases now because it might be harder to impose a stricter charge once the preliminary hearing starts next month.

Defense attorney Joy Sherard says she was surprised by the move, but she thinks Shomin's reasoning is correct.

Sherard says Brown's family has a history of domestic issues. She says the case is about more than spilled milk.

August 13, 2009 - Don't Die Over Spilled Milk