Milwaukee woman charged in the murder of 19-year-old

Jaclyn Brandt

Milwaukee woman charged in the murder of 19-year-old

CREATED Sep. 10, 2013

MILWAUKEE - A 35-year-old woman has been charged with homicide after her friend was murdered on Sept. 1, and an anonymous phone call gave her away.

Rosetta Bracken of Milwaukee was a friend of the victim of a homicide, Krystal Witek, 19. Witek was found dead from three gunshot wounds to her head near 2911 N. 11th Lane in Milwaukee on Sept. 1.

As police investigated, they received an anonymous phone call implicating Bracken.

A witness said Bracken told her that she had received a call from the Witek on Sept. 1, and when she arrived, two masked men robbed both women.

"[Bracken] stated that at one time she was struggling with one of the robbers and she heard the victim state, 'Black leave her alone,' and at that time [Bracken] indicated that she believed the victim was involved in setting her up for this robbery," the criminal complaint said.

Bracken got away from the men found Witek, and began blaming her for the robbery.

A witness in the neighborhood said she saw the two women get out of a car, and Witek say, "Rosie, I didn't do it. It wasn't me. Please believe me."

The witness then saw a woman, later identified as Bracken, raise her arm and heard shots fired. Witek's body was found when police arrived.

Bracken has been charged with First-Degree Intentional Homicide - Use of a Dangerous Weapon. If convicted, she could face up to life, plus five years, in prison.