Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Two Suspects Charged For The Diamaris Gonzalez Homicide

Lenard Terrell Pickett, Joseph Lamont Williams and Diamaris Gonzalez

Pickett is charged for shooting Gonzalez after she struggled to keep her purse in a robbery attempt while waiting for a bus.

By H. Nelson Goodson
March 19, 2013

Milwaukee, WI - Police confirmed that a second suspect wanted for the 2011 homicide of Diamaris Gonzalez, 23, had been taken into custody after the suspect happened to be arrested in a southside house break-in. Lenard Terrell Pickett, 23, was charged in early March with two felony counts for felony murder and burglary of a building or dwelling. A cash bond of $250,000 was set for Pickett, if convicted his is facing up to 47 years in prison. The next court hearing for Pickett will be on March 25.
Pickett had eluded police, since 2011, after a witness identified Pickett as one of the suspects that attempted to steal a purse from Gonzalez at a bus stop. Gonzalez had just left her job and was waiting for the bus, when Pickett and his accomplice, Joseph Lamont Williams, 21, tried to rob Gonzalez. Gonzalez struggled to keep her purse and Pickett then fatally shot her.
Williams has been also charged with felony murder for Gonzalez' homicide. Williams bond was set at $100,000 and if convicted, Williams is facing up to 35 years in prison.
Gonzalez had just left work and was waiting for a bus at the 3300 block of N. Holton St. near Lena's Market where she worked.
Williams confessed to police on February 14 after being taken into custody, that he and Pickett decided to rob Gonzalez. When she resisted, Pickett then shot Gonzalez and they fled the scene empty handed. Gonzalez was fatally shot in the chest and died at the scene. Gonzalez had two children, a 1-year-old girl and a 3-year-old boy.
A boyfriend had used Gonzalez' car and it was towed. She usually drove to work, but on March 15, she had to ride the bus.

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