Bradford Beach homicide case delayed due to COVID-19 restrictions at jail, attorney says

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MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- There's been an unexpected delay in the case of a man accused in a deadly beating at Bradford Beach.

Joseph Sharp is facing a felony murder charge in the July 12 attack. 

The Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office says he beat Matthew Ness, killing him. Ness was Sharp's ex-girlfriend's friend.

We expected to learn the findings of a mental health evaluation Friday, Aug. 7, but his attorney said that she has not been able to review the doctor's report with her client. She says he is in a quarantine pod at the Milwaukee County Jail.

"There is a breakout of COVID at the jail. I went to review the report with him, I received it yesterday afternoon, but I was not allowed to have any contact with him."

We asked the Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office if there is an outbreak at the jail, and how many coronavirus cases there are. 

They say 11 inmates tested positive in one housing unit. 

The unit was already under quarantine because of a previous confirmed case of exposure.

A majority of the inmates are in isolation housing at the Milwaukee County House of Correction. 

Four other inmates remain in isolation at the jail.


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