Man held on $50,000 cash bond for attempted murder charges

Lavon Brown

RACINE, WI – A man accused of attempted murder charges after shooting two people on Memorial Drive in August appeared in court on Tuesday.

Lavon M. Brown, 33, and Curtis L. Petty, 33, were charged in August with  two felony charges of attempted first-degree intentional homicide. Each charge carries a prison term of 60 years.

Racine County Court Commissioner Alice Rudebusch set a cash bond of $50,000 for Brown during his appearance on Tuesday.

2 men charged in Memorial Drive shooting

Witnesses reported a hit and run with shots fired in the area of the 1400 block of S. Memorial Drive. Officers with the Racine Police Department recovered shell casings at the scene, and later learned that one victim had been shot in the head and the other in the left leg.

One of the victims identified Brown as being a passenger and stated he saw him fire several shots at them near Washington Ave. and S. Memorial Drive. Brown allegedly fired more shots toward them as they continued toward 16th Street.

The victim estimated that he and the other man were shot at “at least 20 times.” The other victim stated their vehicle was chased down while being fired up. Police observed numerous bullet holes in the vehicle.

Witnesses later stated the vehicle had been loaned to Petty, who also was involved. He allegedly stated he had “done something bad” and would be leaving for a while. Witnesses said they knew Petty to carry a gun and that is often armed when he leaves the house.

Petty had a final pretrial hearing earlier this month and was set to be on trial. But a plea hearing has been set for 9:30 a.m. April 23 in Racine County Felony Court Judge Peggy Laufenberg.

Brown was also charged in 2017 by the Racine County District Attorney’s Office in 2017 with attempting to flee or elude a traffic officer, obstructing a police officer and possession of marijuana.

On the attempted murder charges, Brown is due in court at 8:30 a.m. April 25 in front of Racine County Court Commissioner Alice Rudebusch.


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