A Madison man who told police that he shot and killed his brother Monday night has been charged with first-degree intentional homicide. According to a criminal complaint filed in Dane County Circuit Court, 39 -year-old Bonnell Hanger doubled over, put his head in his hands and cried before telling police, “I shot my kid brother.”
The Wisconsin State Journal reports that witnesses said Hanger and his brother, 33-year-old Fredrica Hanger argued before the shooting occurred. The criminal complaint does not say what the argument was about. Fredrica Hanger had been released from prison on February 25 after serving a nine-year prison sentence.
According to the Dane County Medical Examiner, Fredrica Hanger died from gunshot wounds to the head. An autopsy found that the first bullet was fired inches from his face, and a second was fired from a slightly longer distance.
Bonnell Hanger was also charged with possession of a firearm by a felon and jailed on $100,000 bail after his court appearance on Thursday. He’s scheduled to be back in court on March 13 for a preliminary hearing.