Charges dropped against 2 teens in connection to homicide of 14-year-old Racine boy

NOW: Charges dropped against 2 teens in connection to homicide of 14-year-old Racine boy

Updated: 1:53 p.m. on Aug. 11, 2022

RACINE, Wis. (CBS 58) -- Criminal charges have been dismissed against a 16-year-old and 15-year-old in connection to the homicide of 14-year-old Eugene Henderson. 

In separate court hearings, the state moved to dismiss charges against both teens. 

Attorney Laura Walker can only speak for her client, the 16-year-old.

"There was new information that was gleaned that the individual that was pointing the finger at my client was in fact not being truthful," Walker said.

Walker said she's grateful the Racine County District Attorney brought this information forward ahead of the preliminary hearing, where she says the burden to be bound over for trial is low.

"She did the right thing by dismissing those charges," Walker said. "A probable cause hearing determination is basically based on the criminal complaint and minimal testimony, usually from a police officer, and then you can find yourself having to stand trial for those charges."

Walker said her client sat behind bars for over a month.

"There are many poor souls that get arrested, they are not able to make bond, and they have to wait in jail until their preliminary hearing," Walker said.

CBS 58 reached out to the Racine County District Attorney's Office for comment and information on new leads. The prosecuting attorney on the case denied to comment. The district attorney was not available for comment.

Published: 3:02 p.m. on June 22, 2022

RACINE, Wis. (CBS 58) -- Racine police say two people have been arrested in connection to the homicide of 14-year-old Eugene Henderson.

A 16-year-old of Racine is facing charges of first degree intentional homicide and discharging a firearm from a vehicle. 

A 15-year-old was arrested for first degree intentional homicide as a party to a crime. 

Henderson was shot in the head near 20th and Mead Street on March 13. Police say he was the passenger in a stolen car. The driver and Henderson got into an argument with someone from a different car and shots were fired.

Crime Stoppers has offered a $1,000 reward for information in his death. 

Henderson was a member of the Kenosha Ramblers football team for three years. He's remembered as a star player and an "all-around genuine kid."

Cash bond for Kinney was set at $500,000. Bond for Lminggio was set at $300,000. 

Both have preliminary hearings set for June 29.

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