According to MTO News, a 53-year-old Milwaukee father has been charged with murdering his 12-year-old grandson after torturing him for five hours over money that had gone missing from his wallet.
Andrez Martina, the 12-year-old victim’s grandfather, allegedly asked Illysha McCroy, the boy’s grandmother and legal guardian, if she could send him over to his grandfather’s house to sleep.
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According to the criminal complaint, about 8 a.m. on Sunday, Aug 29, Andrez texted Illysha, “accusing (the 12-year-old child) of stealing the defendant’s money.”
Martina has been convicted of drug peddling numerous times (at least four times) and was arrested for a homicide in the late 1980s. Following his return to Milwaukee from Indiana in May of this year, McCroy gave Martina “the opportunity to get to know his grandsons.”
After not being in their life for a long time, he “wanted to reconnect with his grandchildren.” Martina claims he awoke at 3 a.m. on Sunday and “noticed his wallet was open and money was missing.”
Martina went into the living room to confront Smith, who claimed to have a stealing issue. He “smacked (the 12-year-old kid) repeatedly, demanding that (the youngster) get the defendant’s money,” according to the lawsuit.
According to the complaint, Martina “claimed to not know what else to do in order to obtain his money back.” The youngster “In an attempt to shield himself from the defendant, he dashed into the bathroom and locked himself there. The defendant ‘lost it’ on (the boy) by picking the lock open “as stated in the complaint
To show to Martina that he didn’t take the money, the young child is supposed to have turned his pockets inside out. Martina told authorities that he continued to bash Smith even after the boy went to a cousin’s room to get the money.
According to CBS58, Martina stated in the lawsuit, “I’m not killing him, I’m just bopping his [expletive].” When Martina was assaulting Smith in the restroom, he pushed the boy so hard that his head shattered the wall.
Martina used a mallet, sledgehammer, coat rack, and cane during the attack, according to Smith’s younger brother, who also suffered a broken finger among other injuries. Smith had a serious skull fracture, consistent with repeated blunt force hits to the head, according to the coroner’s office.
Smith’s great-grandmother said she was “awakened” by the defendant ranting at Smith in a later police interview. “I saw the defendant beating (the boy) with a hammer,” she informed authorities.
Nakeda Martina, Smith’s mother, told Fox6 News, “In 1989, my father killed someone. The system was unable to prevent him from repeating his actions. Unfortunately, my child was his most recent victim.”
Andre’s crippled great-grandmother was present in the house and watched helplessly as Andrez beat his grandson to death.
The accused has claimed that the hammer was not intended to kill the boy, but he has acknowledged to “losing control” and assaulting his grandson, which resulted in the boy’s death on August 29.