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Janesville man makes initial appearance on homicide charges

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STANLEY B. MILAM
March 30, 2012
— A Janesville man who is facing delivery of heroin charges in Rock County made an initial court appearance Thursday in Waukesha County on two counts of attempted first degree intentional homicide.

Demetrius L. Cooper, 31, of 327 Linn St., Janesville, is charged with trying to kill a police informant who testified against him. He appeared via teleconference from Janesville, where he is being held in the Rock County Jail.


Cooper is charged in Rock County with four counts of delivering heroin, four counts of maintaining a drug trafficking place and one count of felony bail jumping.


The attempted homicide charges stem from a shooting in Ottawa Township in Waukesha County on Nov. 11. Cooper is accused of firing three shots at a Janesville Police Department informant who had testified in court against him. Police reported finding three .45-caliber casings at the scene and evidence that bullets struck a window frame.


At his court appearance Thursday, Waukesha County Court Commissioner Laura Lau said Cooper was a flight risk and set his bail at $250,000. Cooper's bail in Rock County is $110,000.


A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 8:15 a.m. Friday, April 13, in Waukesha County on the attempted homicide charges. Cooper is scheduled for a Monday, May 7, jury trial in Rock County.


The Waukesha Freeman contributed to this story.

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