Police say uncle stabbed nephew 22 times for hitting uncle’s girlfriend who owed his nephew a $200 crack debt.
By H. Nelson Goodson
Hispanic News Network U.S.A.
June 11, 2015
Milwaukee, WI – Two relatives have been charged in the stabbing death of Vincent L. Howard, 39, who was fatally stabbed 22 times at the 1300 block of S. 9th Street on June 5 by his uncle Joseph L. Howard, 57. Joseph was charged on Wednesday with two felony counts for first-degree reckless homicide and bail jumping. Joseph’s bond was set at $150K, but a hold has been place for bail jumping. If convicted, Joseph is facing up to 60 years in prison for reckless homicide and 6 years and up to $10K in fines for the felony bail jumping charge.
The second suspect, Emanuel Howard, 33, who is Vincent’s cousin was charged with one felony count for harboring a felon and one count for misdemeanor bail jumping. Bail for Emanuel was set at $20K, but a hold for bail jumping has been placed. If convicted, Emanuel is facing up to 10 years in prison.
According to the criminal complain, Joseph confessed to police that he stabbed Vincent multiple times on the upper torso. Vincent came home before 10:00 p.m. on June 5 and became mad when he saw both his uncle Joseph and his uncle’s girlfriend Johnetta Williams smoking crack. Williams apparently owed Vincent $200 for a crack debt. Vincent began to punch Williams and then he grabbed a 2×4 board and struck Williams multiple times in the head. Joseph then grabbed a knife from the kitchen and stabbed Vincent multiple times as he tried to leave the residence killing him.
When police arrived at the scene, they found Vincent’s body with 22 stab wounds. Emanuel first told police that he didn’t known who stabbed Vincent or who beat Williams, but later recanted and said Joseph had killed Vincent and that Vincent had beaten Williams. Joseph had fled the scene, but was later taken into custody.
Police found Williams in a bedroom and was suffering from injuring to her upper body and head. She was taken to a hospital for treatment.