05/31/2006

Milwaukee officer charged in murder

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MILWAUKEE (AP)  

The Milwaukee County district attorney has charged a suspended Milwaukee police officer with homicide for fatally shooting an unarmed man last year.

Officer Alfonzo Glover was charged today with one count of first-degree intentional homicide in the death of Wilber Javier Prado in March 2005. Glover, who has since been suspended, was also charged with six counts of perjury, said District Attorney E. Michael McCann.

Last May, an inquest jury held that Glover, who was off duty, was justified in fatally shooting Prado after a traffic confrontation.

McCann said at a news conference today that the charges were brought after he hired an outside investigator who re-enacted some of the events leading to the death and found them to contradict statements Glover made to the jury.

Glover, 35, testified before the jury that as he was driving home after his shift ended around midnight, Prado, 25, followed him closely in a van and flashed his lights.

Glover said he pulled over to let the van pass but the driver sped up, hit him and crashed into a parked car.

Glover pulled his gun and fired at Prado in his van and then fired more shots after Prado got out and ran to a nearby alley, Glover testified. A total of 19 shots were fired at Prado, testimony showed.

Glover said he believed Prado had a gun when Prado extended his arm toward him. No gun was found.

Prado's girlfriend, Veronica Gonsalez, said after the shooting that Prado, an illegal immigrant, had just gotten a new roofing job and was planning to marry her. They had two daughters.

She said Prado came to Milwaukee from Mexico in 1999, spoke little English and had no driver's license.

An autopsy showed Prado had a blood-alcohol level of .22 percent, or almost three times the level of .08 percent considered evidence of drunken driving in Wisconsin. 
 
May 31, 2006

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