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Appeals court rules woman can testify in upcoming Milwaukee homicide trial

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MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - A state appeals court said a Milwaukee judge was wrong to prevent a woman from testifying in a man’s upcoming homicide trial.

The First District Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday that Arnetta Childress should be allowed to testify at the February 18th trial of Alexander Wiley. He’s charged with reckless homicide and three counts of reckless endangerment in the shooting death of Darrin Moore in 2011.

Childress told authorities she was near the shooting scene – and she recognized Wiley as one of two men who were firing their guns at Moore.

Milwaukee County Circuit Judge Richard Sankovitz said Childress might not be familiar enough with the 28-year-old Wiley to identify him in court – but the appellate court said she’s known Wiley for years.

A pre-trial hearing in the case is set for January 18th. 

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