A Milwaukee teenager was beaten, stabbed and burned over a video game system, police said.
Dennis King, 15, was found dead in an abandoned home on Sunday, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. He had been missing since May 11.
Police said he was beaten with a hammer and stabbed in the neck before his body was burned.
Malik Terrell, 21, was arrested in Chicago on Monday for the murder. In court on Tuesday, prosecutors said Terrell killed King over a video game system. Prosecutors said Terrell and two of his brothers assumed that King’s friend stole their console, and since they thought King was involved, they killed him.
It's unclear which system led to the slaughter.
"I'm heartbroken," King’s aunt Kelley Wilson told WITI in Milwaukee. "I'm devastated ... He's a good kid. He never deserved none of this."
Terrell has been charged with first-degree intentional homicide, which carries a life sentence if convicted. His brothers, who are minors, have not been charged or named in the murder.
But Terrell’s mother and half-brother have been charged with harboring or aiding a felon. Salena Terrell, 42, and Meakhi Autry-Terrell, 17, were arrested on Wednesday. They both face up to 10 years in prison.
According to prosecutors, the mother ordered a cab for Malik after the murder, and instructed him to take it to the bus station and stay with his dad in Chicago. Meakhi was allegedly present during the murder.
One of Terrell’s younger brothers told police that Terrell and one brother were beating King for information on the missing video game console, prosecutors said. Terrell then allegedly beat and stabbed King.
Prosecutors believe Terrell used a garbage cart to move King’s body to an abandoned home to burn him.
[Photo: Chicago Police Department]