Brown Deer - A 61-year-old Brown Deer man has been charged with killing his girlfriend's 21-year-old son Sept. 12 inside the Algonquin Manor senior apartments, 5005 W. Bradley Road, Brown Deer.
The shooting victim, Mannix Franklin, had been staying with his mother, Marnice Franklin, and her boyfriend, Jessie James, for the past week, according to a criminal complaint. When Mannix Franklin came home from work at 6 p.m. Sept. 12, he and James got in an argument. James told police that Franklin put on loud music and started singing, and wouldn't listen when James told him to be quiet.
James became angry when he heard Franklin say "Jessie ain't gonna do (expletive)," according to a criminal complaint. When Franklin refused to leave the apartment, James told police that he went into his bedroom, loaded the shotgun with one shell and confronted Franklin in the living room. When Franklin did not take the threat seriously, James shot him on the left side of his lower abdomen, according to a criminal complaint.
Brown Deer police were called just after 10 p.m. to investigate a shooting complaint. When a Brown Deer officer entered the apartment complex, Marrice Franklin was standing in the hallway outside of her apartment unit. She told police that James had shot her son. Police entered the apartment and arrested James. James sat in the hallway and said, "I can't believe I shot him," according to a criminal complaint.
Paramedics transported Mannix Franklin to Froedtert Memorial, where doctors pronounced him dead on arrival. In the apartment, police recovered a 12-gauge pump-action shotgun with one spent casing in the chamber.
James has been charged with first degree reckless homicide. If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of 65 years in prison.