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Bicycle theft reportedly leads to murder

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Bicycle theft reportedly leads to murder

CREATED Sep. 17, 2013 - UPDATED: Sep. 18, 2013

MILWAUKEE - An alleged bicycle theft led to a shooting death in Milwaukee, and two men are facing murder charges.

Jordan Henderson was shot and killed in his car on Sept. 8 after reportedly spotting a bike that was stolen from a child on Sept. 1. According to the criminal complaint, Henderson was in the car with two friends when he saw two men on bikes, and recognized one of the bikes as the one that was stolen the week before.

Henderson made a U-turn and began heading toward the two men, later identified as Gill Morales, 21, and Miguel Mercado, 18.

One of the passengers of the car said that Morales pulled a gun from his waistband and began shooting at their car. Henderson turned the car in attempt to get away from the shots. The passenger said he saw something hit Henderson and then his body slump over the steering wheel. The car continued until it hit a parked car. The passenger had a gunshot wound to his shoulder.

Morales admitted to owning the gun for protection, and said he had given it to Mercado "to hold." When the car passed him, he heard someone say something about a stolen bike, and he told Morales to "shoot them."

Morales and Mercado have both been charged with 1st-degree reckless homicide - as a party to a crime, use of a dangerous weapon and first degree recklessly endangering safety - as a party to a crime, use of a dangerous weapon. If convicted of both crimes, they could spend more than 82 years in prison.

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