Deshawn Randall, the La Crosse man accused of fatally shooting 17-year-old George Miller last summer, pleads guilty to the homicide charge against him.
Randall made the guilty plea to First Degree Intentional Homicide Tuesday afternoon in La Crosse County Circuit Court.
During the hearing, Randall's attorney said that pleading guilty was a better option for his client than going to trial.
"Deshawn did not want to put his family or George's family through a trial," Michael Covey, Randall's attorney, said. "This is a case where what happened wasn't much in dispute, there's no question Deshawn did some things he wished he could take back and he's taking responsibility for it today."
La Crosse County District Attorney Tim Gruenke said he never entertained the idea of reducing the charge against Randall.
"It was a shooting in broad daylight in front of witnesses, there's no question he was the right person and there's no dispute he shot him about nine times," Gruenke said. "From our perspective it would have been a trial if he had not accepted responsibility and plead guilty."
On August 21, 2015, Randall was accused of shooting Miller as he sat in a car on Redfield Street. Miller ran from the scene only to be chased down a few minutes later by Randall. The criminal complaint said that a worker at Badger Corrugating on Green Bay Street saw a person later identified as Miller run behind a truck, followed by a second person. The worker said he then heard four or five shots, then saw the second person run away.
Sentencing for Randall will happen April 8.