UPDATE April 6: Cedric Gray, 33, was charged by the Racine County District Attorney’s Office on Thursday with first degree intentional homicide as a party to a crime and felony possession of a firearm by a felon as a party to a crime.
If convicted, Gray faces up to life in prison plus and fined up to $25,000. He was also charged as a repeat offender.
Gray will be back in court for a preliminary hearing April 11 at 9 a.m.
ORIGINAL STORY: A second person has been charged in connection with the shooting death of Tremayne Brown, which happened in the 2300 block of Arlington Avenue on March 18.
The Racine County District Attorney’s Office filed one charge of first-degree intentional homicide-party to a crime, use of a dangerous weapon, against Michael Lyons Jr., 34, on Tuesday. If convicted of the charge, Lyons faces life in prison.
Lyons Jr.’s cousin, Cedric Gray, 32, of Racine, was also charged Thursday with first-degree intentional homicide and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
Both men are still at large and a $100,000 warrant has been issued for both of their arrests.
According to the criminal complaint against Lyons, officers with the Racine Police Department were called to the area of Taylor and Arlington Avenue for a report of shots being fired. When police responded, they found a red Dodge Minivan in the front of a home in the 2300 block of Arlington Avenue. Brown, the driver, had been shot and he crashed into the residence.
Brown died at the scene as a result of being shot, the complaint reads.
The shooting stemmed from Lyons and Brown dating the same woman. The woman told police that she and Brown had gotten into a physical altercation and they had broken up on March 15. After the incident, the woman invited Lyons to stay with her because they had previously dated. On March 18, Brown and Lyons got into a fight and “Brown hit Lyons over the head with a beer bottle.”
The woman broke up the fight and Brown left the woman’s home saying “he would be back to her home.”
Lyons then called his cousin Cedric Gray.
A witness told investigators that he heard a shot being fired and saw Brown drive away southbound on Taylor Avenue in the van. As Brown drove away and was out of sight, the witness then heard two more shots.
A video of the incident showed that two males — Lyons and Gray — were walking and talking when a van drove by them.
“While the men (are) on the corner, a van drives by and the male in the puffy coat fires one round from a gun and (at) the van after it passes,” the complaint reads. “The sound on the video records the gunshot. The male in the puffy coat is then seen walking back into view as the van returns to the area.”
A second witness told police he saw a man — who had short dreadlocks and wore a brown puffy coat and camouflage pants — standing on the southeast corner of Arlington and Taylor Avenue. As a van pulled up, the man spoke to Brown through a passenger side window. The man then pulled out a gun and fired two shots into the van toward Brown.
The next day Lyons Jr. called the woman telling her that “it is dones,” he did it for her and he would need to leave town now.
Gray matches the description of the person that shot the gun into the van.