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MADISON — Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen announced that the Wisconsin Department of Justice filed an Information today in Oconto County Circuit Court against Jordan Walker, 19, of Oconto Falls. The Information charges Walker with Second Degree Reckless Homicide While Armed with a Dangerous Weapon in connection with the shooting death of Shawn Dobry, 19, on June 19, 2010 at Walker's residence in Oconto Falls. The charging document also alleges two counts of Obstructing an Officer shortly after the shooting and during the course of the initial stages of the investigation.
Walker appeared today before the Honorable Michael Judge of the Oconto County Circuit Court at an arraignment and entered pleas of not guilty to all charges in the Information.
The Wisconsin Department of Justice is acting as prosecutor for Oconto County in the Walker case at the request of the Oconto County District Attorney's Office. The Oconto County District Attorney initially issued the criminal complaint in this case charging Walker with Second Degree Reckless Homicide and a single count of Obstructing an Officer. Walker waived his right to a preliminary hearing on the homicide charge on July 12, 2010 and was bound over for trial at that time. The arraignment held today is the next step in the administration of this felony case. Further proceedings will be scheduled.
The criminal complaint alleges that in the early morning hours of June 19, 2010, Walker, Dobry and others were present in the backyard of Walker's residence and that alcohol was being consumed there by some, or all, of the persons present, including Walker. Walker eventually requested that another person go to his bedroom and retrieve his loaded .45 caliber handgun. The loaded handgun was delivered to Walker and Walker thereafter repeatedly unloaded and re-loaded the firearm and, with the firearm unloaded, repeatedly pointed it at his friends and “dry fired” the hand gun. Walker acknowledged eventually pointing the handgun over his shoulder knowing that Dobry was standing behind him and that the handgun then fired a single round which struck Dobry. When Oconto Falls police responded to the scene Walker initially reported that Dobry had been accidentally injured in an unknown manner while running in the woods near Walker's home. Shawn Dobry was found by police and emergency medical staff unconscious and unresponsive at the scene of the shooting. He was declared dead shortly thereafter at an Oconto Falls hospital. An autopsy determined that Mr. Dobry died from massive internal injuries inflicted by a single gunshot wound.
A criminal complaint and an Information are legal documents that allege violations of Wisconsin's criminal laws.
The defendant is presumed innocent of all charges unless and until he is proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt at a trial.
Assistant Attorney General Michael G. Schaefer represents the state in this prosecution. The investigation was conducted jointly by the Oconto Falls Police Department and the Division of Criminal Investigation.
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