Not wanting to go to his preliminary hearing, a 14-year-old boy accused of first degree reckless homicide is now facing more charges after he refused to coöperate with several staff and threatened to kill one staff member.

Keller McQuay, 14, of Racine, was charged by the Racine County District Attorney’s Office on Tuesday with resisting an officer, throwing or discharging bodily fluids at a public safety worker, and disorderly conduct. If convicted of all charges, McQuay faces up to five years in prison and/or fined up to $21,000.

McQuay is also accused of shooting his girlfriend in September and was charged with first degree reckless homicide, possession of a firearm by a felon, and possession of a short-barreled shotgun or rifle. If convicted of those charges, McQuay faces up to 76-year in prison, and/or fines up to $35,000.

Vista Jackson, also 14, was shot in the chin with a sawed off shotgun prosecutors say McQuay was holding when it went off. The only witness referenced in McQuay’s criminal complaint says she heard Jackson and McQuay say they loved each other, Jackson told the witness she loved them and then heard a “pop.”

According to the criminal complaint for the charges filed Tuesday, McQuay had a preliminary hearing set for Oct. 28. But when deputies from the Racine County Sheriff’s Department came to take him to court he became uncooperative. He told staff that he did not think he should have to get up so early to sit in a holding cell for several hours. McQuay cursed at staff and told one of the deputies he should spit on her. Refusing to walk onto an elevator, McQuay dropped down. Deputies told McQuay to stop resisting.

Pushing him into a wall, McQuay’s head struck to door jamb and started to bleed. Deputies then took him to a walk-in clinic to get treated for the cut. The next day, McQuay opened up the wound and asked for a Band-Aid and when a detention worker told him to wait a minute. He cursed at him  and threatened to hurt him. He then started banging and kicking on the door of the day room.

Staff had to physically put McQuay into his cell. As they were doing that, he took a cup of toilet water and threw it at the staff member and told him he was going to kill him.

A first appearance on the new charges and a preliminary hearing for the homicide charge has been set for 1:30 p.m. Nov. 4 in front of Racine County Felony Court Judge Michael Piontek.



Denise Lockwood has an extensive background in traditional and non-traditional media. She has written for, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine and the Kenosha News.