UPDATE: Driver pleads guilty to aiding in shooting of Milwaukee girl

UPDATED: Saturday, February 20, 2016 --- 2:40 p.m.

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- A Milwaukee man has pleaded guilty to helping two other suspects in the fatal shooting of a 5-year-old Milwaukee girl.

Twenty-four-year-old Paul Farr pleaded guilty Friday to two counts of harboring or aiding a felon.

Farr was accused of driving two men who prosecutors say fired into a Milwaukee house on Nov. 6, 2014. Laylah Petersen was sitting on her grandfather's lap when she was shot. Police say the shooters targeted the wrong house.

The Journal Sentinel (http://bit.ly/1XE8v09 ) reports Farr's bail was reduced to $5,000 and he'll be allowed to live outside Wisconsin pending sentencing if he posts bail. He will be sentenced July 8.

Twenty-three-year-old Arlis Gordon and 20-year-old Carl Barrett Jr. are charged with first-degree reckless homicide in the girl's death. Both are scheduled for trial in June.

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UPDATED Thursday, November 5, 2015---12:06 p.m.

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- A third defendant has pleaded not guilty in the death of a 5-year-old girl who was fatally shot while sitting on her grandfather's lap in Milwaukee.

Arlis Gordon appeared in Milwaukee County Circuit Court Thursday where a judge ruled there was enough evidence for him to stand trial on first-degree reckless homicide in the death of Laylah Petersen last November.

Two other men charged in the case, Carl Barrett and Paul Farr, were ordered to stand trial earlier and have pleaded not guilty. Barrett is also charged with first-degree reckless homicide. Farr is charged with harboring or aiding a felon.

A vigil marking the one-year anniversary of Laylah's death is scheduled for Friday.

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UPDATED: Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2015 --- 4:58 p.m.

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Two men have been ordered to stand trial in last year's fatal shooting of a 5-year-old Milwaukee girl.

Twenty-year-old Carl L. Barrett Jr. and 24-year-old Paul T. Farr appeared in court for a preliminary hearing Wednesday.

Barrett is charged with first-degree reckless homicide. Farr is charged with harboring or aiding a felon. Both men pleaded not guilty. A scheduling conference is set for Nov. 16.

The two are among three men charged in the death of Laylah Petersen last November. The girl was sitting on her grandfather's lap when she was shot. Police say the shooters targeted the wrong house.

The Journal Sentinel (http://bit.ly/1ReOytj ) reports the third suspect, 23-year-old Arlis Gordon, remains in Illinois, awaiting extradition.

A vigil marking the one-year anniversary of Laylah's death is scheduled for Nov. 6.

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MILWAUKEE, Wis. (WITI)---Nearly a year after the tragic homicide of Laylah Petersen, Milwaukee police announced the arrest of and charges against three suspects.

Laylah Petersen would have turned six years old Wednesday, September 23rd. But her young life was cut short when she was shot and killed by a stray bullet while she was sitting on her grandfather’s lap inside a home near 58th and Fairmount on November 6, 2014. No one has been taken into custody in this case.

Information from associates of the men involved led to the development of them as suspects and their subsequent arrests.

Twenty-four-year-old Paul Farr and 20-year-old Carl Barrett were arrested on October 14 in Milwaukee. The third suspect, 23-year-old Arlis Gordon, was arrested in suburban Chicago on October 17 on unrelated charges.

Farr has been charged with two counts of Harboring/Aiding a Felon. Barrett and Gordon have both been charged with First Degree Reckless Homicide–Party to a Crime.

“This was a completely reckless act by suspects with no regard for human life. Our detectives have worked tirelessly on this case for the past year to bring justice to the Petersen family,” said Milwaukee Police Chief Ed Flynn.

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UPDATED Wednesday, May 6, 2015---4:49 p.m.

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- The reward has been significantly increased in the case a 5-year-old Milwaukee girl fatally shot last fall while sitting on her grandfather's lap.

Laylah Petersen was killed six months ago when gunfire tore through her grandparents' home. Police say two people approached the house and fired numerous times.

The family announced Wednesday a local attorney added $25,000 to the existing $10,000 reward for the first person who provides information that leads to the arrest and conviction of those responsible.

Milwaukee police Lt. Mark Stanmeyer says they have made no arrests yet but are hopeful the new reward will generate valuable tips.

Last November, Chief Edward Flynn said he would keep Petersen's photo in his chest pocket, next to the photos of his own grandchildren, until suspects are arrested.

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UPDATED: Monday, November 10, 2014 --- 8:01 a.m.

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Family, friends and neighbors of a 5-year-old Milwaukee girl who was fatally shot while sitting on her grandfather's lap have honored her with a candlelight vigil.

Hundreds of people gathered for the memorial Sunday night for Laylah Petersen, who was killed Thursday. Her father, Robert Petersen, told people in the crowd that their support would pull the family through. Speakers urged people to call police if they knew anything about the case.

Milwaukee police said Sunday that no arrests have been made. Police say one of a dozen bullets that two people fired into Petersen's grandparents' home struck her in the head. Investigators have said they don't believe anyone in the home was being targeted.

A funeral is planned for Wednesday. A reward of up to $5,000 is being offered for information about the shooting.

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UPDATED: Saturday, November 8, 2014 --- 8:58 p.m.

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- A spokesman for the family of a 5-year-old girl who was killed while sitting on her grandfather's lap says the family has donated her heart.

The family and police held a news conference Saturday to urge the community to help find the people who shot at the home where Laylah Petersen was staying in Milwaukee, hitting her in the head Thursday.

The girl's mother, father, two aunts and two grandparents hugged and thanked officers who responded to the scene.

Family spokesman Richard Schwoegler III urged all faith based organizations to take to the streets in the girl's name and build relationships with people having hard times.

Chief Ed Flynn choked up during the event, saying there's nothing more devastating than to lose a child so violently and senselessly.

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UPDATED: Friday, November 7, 2014 --- 7:55 p.m.

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Law enforcement agencies are offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to an arrest in the shooting death of a 5-year-old girl in Milwaukee.

Laylah Petersen was killed Thursday night when a bullet went through the wall of the home where she lived with her grandparents.

Police say they have no motive or suspects in the shooting. Authorities are asking for the public's help.

Milwaukee police Officer Aaron Raap (rap) says: "We believe this bullet read, `To whom it may concern.' "

Anyone with information is asked to call Milwaukee police.

Laylah is the third child under 13 to die in a homicide in Milwaukee this year.

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UPDATED: Friday, November 7, 2014 --- 7:17 a.m.

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Milwaukee police say a 5-year-old girl has died after being shot when someone intentionally fired into a home on the city's northwest side.

Police Chief Edward Flynn says two people approached the house and fired numerous times just after 6 p.m. Thursday. Police say the child was sitting on a family member's lap when she was shot in the head. She was taken to a hospital where she later died.

Capt. Eric Moore says the home was targeted and police are searching for suspects. No arrests have been reported.

Police say the girl's grandparents lived at the house. They haven't released her name.

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Thursday, November 6, 2014

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Milwaukee police say a 5-year-old girl was critically wounded when shots were fired into a home on the city's northwest side.

A police spokesman says the child was sitting on a family member's lap just after 6 p.m. Thursday when bullets were fired into the home, striking the girl.

The girl was taken to a hospital, where police say she is in critical condition.

No suspects are in custody.


Carl Barrett, Arlis Gordon, Paul Farr