The second of two men charged in connection with the shooting death of a Sussex teenager during a botched robbery last year is scheduled to go to trial in April.
London White, 22, of Milwaukee stands accused of first-degree intentional homicide in the killing of 16-year-old George Erickson, who died about a month after the May 2016 shooting.
Online court records indicate that White is scheduled to appear before a jury April 4 in Waukesha County Circuit Court. His trial is expected to last five days. He will appear for a motion hearing ahead of the trial on Feb. 24, court records show.
White’s co-defendant, 19-year-old Niikwame Bell, was convicted for his role in the incident and sentenced last fall.
Drug deal gone wrong
According to a criminal complaint, White and Bell drove to Sussex on May 14 to buy marijuana from Erickson.
However, two Waukesha County Sheriff's Department detectives testified at a preliminary hearing in June that the victim never had any marijuana and was instead planning to rob Bell and White at gunpoint during the drug deal.
Bell told police in the complaint that White and Erickson briefly scuffled over some money while conducting the phony deal inside Bell's car in a Pick 'n Save parking lot off Main Street near the Bugline Trail.
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After the scuffle, Erickson ran out of the car, and White shot at him five times, according to the detectives' testimony and the complaint. Erickson reportedly fell and White got out of the car, walked over to the teenager then shot him in the head before he and Bell drove away.
Erickson died on June 16.
White was originally facing an attempted homicide charge. That was amended after Erickson’s death.
Bell, who drove White to the phony drug buy, faced less severe charges for his role in the shooting.
Court records indicate that he pleaded no contest to two felony charges last September and was sentenced almost a month later.
He was convicted of maintaining a drug trafficking place and possession of THC with intent to distribute, and sentenced to 1 ½ years in prison and five years of probation.
If White is convicted of the homicide charge, he's facing a mandatory life sentence. He's also facing a possession of THC with intent to distribute charge.