Police say man admits to cold case murder of young Milwaukee mother
Leila Dempsey was found dead in 1996 with her son crawling around her
MILWAUKEE-Police say a 36 year old man has confessed to an unsolved homicide from December of 1996.
A criminal complaint was released Thursday which says Randy Baines claims the fatal shooting of 21 year old Leila Dempsey was an "accident" and happened when she ran away from him.
He's charged with first degree reckless homicide.
The complaint does not say what brought investigators to interview Baines, only that he claims he tried to rob Dempsey and that he chased after her. He slipped and the gun went off.
Dempsey was found near 35th and Galena. She had a gunshot wound to the back of her head and her two year son was crawling around her.
Detective Kathy Spano of the Milwaukee Police Department said she got the following explanation from Baines and put it in the court documents.
"He said he did not see any blood on the gun. He then put the gun in a garbage cart in the neighborhood. He stated that when he shot Leila Dempsey he noticed that the little boy was carrying a Spiderman or Batman toy with the box. He stated that this has been bothering him and this was an accident."