Prosecutors on Friday formally charged the second of two men for the shooting death of a man last month at a South Side convenience store, telling police he wanted to kill the man for looking at him the wrong way, a criminal complaint states.
Curtis J. Langlois, 37, was charged Friday in an amended criminal complaint with being a party to first-degree intentional homicide for the Aug. 2 death of Kendrith J. Young, and attempted first-degree intentional homicide for the shooting of Rodney Lemon Jr., at the 7-Eleven store at 2703 W. Beltline.
Lemon, who was shot several times, survived.
According to the complaint, in a statement he gave to Madison police detectives in Wausau on Aug. 9 after he was arrested for two armed robberies there — one of them the same day as the 7-Eleven shooting — Langlois said he was with another man, whom he declined to identify by name, who first shot Young.
Others identified the man to police as Dametrius Reeves, 27, who was charged last month with Young’s murder.
Langlois said that when Young came out of the store, Reeves shot Young. Langlois said he himself then walked up to Young and shot Young in the head and chest, the complaint states.
Langlois told police that he had contact with Young earlier, and he thought Young acted like he had a gun in his car. As he and Reeves drove to the 7-Eleven, Langlois told police, he told Reeves that he wanted to kill Young because Young was “looking at him all crazy like Young was a badass or something.”
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Asked by detectives why Reeves wanted to kill Young, Langlois said, “Meech really isn’t the talkative type,” referring to Reeves by a nickname, according to the complaint.
Reeves was initially charged on Aug. 8 with first-degree intentional homicide and attempted first-degree intentional homicide, but the complaint against him wasn’t unsealed until Aug. 15. Prosecutors filed the amended complaint on Friday to add Langlois and to add excerpts from his statement to police.
According to the complaint, Young and Lemon had been at the same bar earlier that night as Langlois and Reeves, and then followed them to the 7-Eleven.
Surveillance video at the 7-Eleven also captured the shootings by two masked men, identified later as Reeves and Langlois.
According to the complaint, Langlois told Madison detectives that after shooting Young, he saw Lemon at the counter in the store, “trying to run around the back.” He said that Lemon was crying about Young, the complaint states, and Langlois said he didn’t know whether Lemon had a gun.
When Lemon tried to run, Langlois said, he shot Lemon as Lemon fell over a cardboard display in the store.
Langlois also has been indicted in U.S. District Court for the Wausau robberies, and on federal firearms charges.
A criminal complaint filed Aug. 11 in Marathon County states that Langlois confessed to a murder at a Madison convenience store.