Pending charges against man involved in fatal New Denmark crash dropped, investigation ongoing
A memorial benefit has also been planned for the two people killed in the crash
GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) - The Brown County District Attorney is not pursuing any pending charges against a man who had been previously accused of killing two people and severely injuring his brother in a crash late last month.
During a court hearing Wednesday afternoon, District Attorney David Lasee said he is not pursing charges against 29-year-old Marcus Walker, and is ordering his release. Lasee added Walker’s alcohol test came back below the legal limit.
In addition, a family member of one of the victims spoke during the hearing. She stated she has no hate towards Walker, and added it was a tragic accident.
“My mom and I are relieved that another life is not going to be affected by this,” Domina Stamas, who is the sister of Katherine Mae-Rathie-Dunn, said
Lasee ordered Walker’s release on multiple conditions, which included sobriety.
“I hope that in the end all of this just comes down to just it being a tragic accident. And I wanted Mr. Walker and his family to know that both my mom and I are very at peace with that,” Stamas said.
However, Lasee said his office is continuing to investigate the crash, and said during the hearing that other charges may be filed at a later date.
“The state is still investigating, potential other crimes that may be available including negligent homicide. But at this point, I’m not satisfied that we have sufficient information to make a charging decision,” Lasee said.
As Action 2 News reported last, week, bond had been set at $50,000 for Walker on October 26. The Brown County Sheriff’s Office said Walker faced two charges of Homicide by Intoxicated Use of a Vehicle and one count of Causing Great Bodily Harm by Intoxicated Use of a Motor Vehicle.
42-year-old Jamie Lee Cain and 41-year-old Katherine Mae-Rathie-Dunn, both of Whitelaw, were pronounced dead at the scene of the crash, which was on County Highway R at Cooperstown Road. Meanwhile, Walker’s brother, Joseph, received severe facial injuries and was airlifted to a Milwaukee hospital.
Cain and Rathie-Dunn were engaged at the time of the crash, which happened the night of of Saturday, October 23. Investigators said Walker was traveling west on Cooperstown Road and failed to yield the right of way at a stop sign. A southbound car driven by Cain collided with Walker’s vehicle. Walker’s vehicle spun around and stopped on a shoulder of County Highway R and caught fire. Cain’s vehicle continued about 30 feet into a field in the southwest corner of the intersection.
“I was devastated, I was blown away when I heard about it,” Jerry McLeod said. He owns FreeBird Saloon in Denmark, a bar Cain would frequently visit.
A memorial benefit is being held this Saturday at FreeBird for Cain and Rathie-Dunn at 2 p.m.
“I think he should get something for it, I mean manslaughter or something. It’s just kind of hard to see someone actually walk away from that. I mean he took two lives,” McLeod said.
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