Police in Kenosha have arrested a Racine man for reckless homicide in the death of a special education teacher. Police Chief John Morrissey says Collin Byars was sticking up for a group of women who was being harassed by in a tavern parking lot. 20-year-old Martin Walker punched Byars who then fell and struck his head.
Morrissey calls the crime "pathetic" and expressed frustration at Walker being out of jail, despite a violent criminal history and an outstanding warrant. The police chief says the family is concerned about nationwide states are talking about letting inmates go back onto the streets.
"It's a frustrating thing. I don't have the answers for the family or anybody else," says Morrissey.
The victim's mother, Danielle Eckert, says "this didn't have to happen" and her 24-year-old son "was stolen from the whole community."
A second suspect also from Racine turned himself in yesterday. Police are still looking for their other suspect, whom they identify as 18-year-old Jeremy Powell of Racine. All three are said to be members of the Vice Lords street gang.
Tom Karkow-WRJN contributed to this report