The girlfriend of a man that murdered his neighbor was charged after police learned that she was present during the murder and helped dispose of Kim Cantwell’s body in October.
Myquette Johnson, 31, of Racine, was charged by the Racine County District Attorney’s Office with first degree intentional homicide, as party to a crime. If convicted, Johnson faces life in prison.
A warrant for her arrest was issued on Monday.
Henry Fumich, of Racine, was charged in Racine County Circuit Court with first degree intentional homicide in October as well as one felony count each of hiding a corpse and robbery with the use of force. If convicted of just the homicide charge, he faces life in prison. The additional felonies carry a combined penalty of 27-1/2 years in prison and/or up to $75,000 in fines.
Fumich and Johnson are boyfriend and girlfriend.
Corey Turner, a third man, was also named as a co-defendant in the criminal complaint, but formal charges have not been filed, according to Tricia Hansen, Racine County deputy district attorney.
Johnson told the Racine Police that Fumich killed Kim Cantwell, a neighbor who lived above the Sunshine Supermarket Store. Johnson was with Cantwell between 9:30 and 11 a.m. Oct. 4. Fumich asked Johnson if Cantwell had any cash on her, but she told Fumich that Cantwell did not have any money on her. Johnson lured Cantwell to their apartment, saying that Fumich wanted to talk with her. While that was going on, Johnson kept Cantwell’s boyfriend distracted.
Johnson knew that Fumich had cut a cord to a miniature fan in his bedroom. He strangled Cantwell with it until she collapsed on the floor. Johnson was present at the time and asked Fumich if he was going to kill her too. After Fumich took the money Cantwell had in her pockets, he wrapped her up in a blanket and put her in the refrigerator. Fumich and Johnson then went to another apartment to buy crack cocaine.
Later in the evening Turner, Johnson and Fumich threw Cantwell’s body in the dumpster. The next day Turner called the Racine Police Department to tell them he knew there was a body in the dumpster. But the garbage in the dumpster and Cantwell’s body, had already been picked up by Waste Management. Her body was later found in the dump site on 16th Street and Oakes Road.