Milwaukee man, 18, charged in brother’s fatal shooting

MILWAUKEE (AP) – An 18-year-old Milwaukee man who says he accidentally shot his brother is now charged with negligent homicide.

Dennis J. Jackson faces a felony count of homicide by negligent handling of a dangerous weapon.

Jackson’s brother, 23-year-old Leroy Smith, died Monday at a house in Milwaukee. According to the criminal complaint, witnesses told police that Jackson had said he shot Smith by accident.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports when police first questioned Jackson, he denied handling a gun or shooting his brother, until detectives indicated what others had said.

Then Jackson told detectives he was trying to unjam a handgun when the gun fired, striking Smith.

Online court records do not list a defense attorney. Jackson remains in jail.