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Woman accused of killing her sister called Milwaukee police 8 times for help

A Milwaukee woman charged in the death of her sister called 911 a total of eight times begging for police to intervene in a fight between the two women before help arrived. 

According to a criminal complaint, 51-year-old Marcia Render and her sister, 52-year-old Sheri Head got into an argument December 9 at a home in the 1600 block of N. 37th Street after having drinks at a tavern.

Render called police eight times over the course of an hour begging dispatchers to send police. 

The first 911 call was made at 11:22 p.m. Render told investigators and dispatchers that Head was screaming and beginning to get violent. 

\"I don't want to to like, get in a fight with my sister, I really don't\", Render says to dispatchers, according to a transcript of one of the eight calls to police. \"Can you send a police officer here? God, I Don't want to snap,\" Render says in the fifth call at 11:39 p.m. before the call disconnects. Head can be heard yelling and cursing in the background.

In the seventh 911 call at 11:48 p.m., Render tells dispatchers, \"Man, I'm calling you all again because I just want to stay on the line with you all so I won't snap on my sister. She is tearing my *expletive* up and I just want to stay on the phone so I don't do nothing to her.\"

Head is heard screaming for Render to get out of the home repeatedly in most of the calls. 

The final 911 call came at 12:38 a.m. Head is no longer heard yelling in the background and Render tells dispatch that police were in front of the home, but pulled off. Dispatchers indicate that they will return. 

When police arrived at the home after midnight, Head was found unconscious. Render told investigators she was \"holding the defendant down until police got there\" after the two began wrestling. Render denied any prior aggression or physical violence from Head and told investigators that she was the aggressor when she held her sister down, according to the complaint.

Render told investigators that Head never hit her and the two did not engage in a physical altercation before Render held her down.

Police did find some items thrown down the stairs and found furniture pushed over in the home, but the complaint says the level of damage appears somewhat inconsistent with what Render told dispatchers about Head consistently damaging property.  

The medical examiner's office ruled Head's death a homicide and an autopsy found evidence of manual strangulation. 

Render made an initial appearance in Milwaukee County court December 14. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for December 23. 

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