Man pleads guilty in torture-mur­der over stolen XBox con­sole

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - - Milwaukee Wisconsin - Bruce Viel­metti

A 22-year-old man pleaded guilty Thurs­day to the torture and mur­der of a 15-year-old boy he sus­pected of know­ing who stole an X-Box video game con­sole.

Ma­lik Ter­rell was charged in May in the death of Den­nis King, who was the sub­ject of a miss­ing per­son re­port and a search un­til his burned body was dis­cov­ered in an aban­doned house in the 3300 block of North 11th Street.

Ter­rell faces manda­tory life in prison at his sen­tenc­ing Dec. 18.

His mother, Salena Ter­rell, 42, also was con­victed Thurs­day af­ter she pleaded guilty to har­bor­ing or aid­ing a felon. Her sen­tenc­ing is set for Dec. 7.

Ter­rell’s half-brother, Meakhi AutryTer­rell, 17, pleaded guilty last month to the same charge and will be sen­tenced the same day as his mother. The con­vic­tion car­ries a max­i­mum penalty of 18 months in prison and two years of ex­tended su­per­vi­sion.

Ac­cord­ing to the crim­i­nal com­plaints, Salena Ter­rell’s 14-year-old son said he had been robbed of the X-Box on May 9. Two days later, Ma­lik Ter­rell brought King to the fam­ily’s house where he was beaten be­cause Ter­rell and his brother thought King knew who had com­mit­ted the rob­bery.

When their mother came home, she no­ticed the house was freshly cleaned. The 14-year-old said he had just felt like clean­ing, but the next day told his mother that Ma­lik Ter­rell had beaten King with a ham­mer be­fore they took his body to an aban­doned house down the al­ley, doused it in lighter fluid and set it aflame.

Salena Ter­rell did not call po­lice, but ar­ranged for Ma­lik Ter­rell to take a bus to Chicago. When po­lice came around in­ves­ti­gat­ing King’s dis­ap­pear­ance, she told them what she knew and sug­gested they check the aban­doned house.

Meakhi Autry-Ter­rell

Ma­lik Ter­rell

Salena Ter­rell

King

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