Police look for two men in Green Bay murder; third man held on $1 million cash bond

The search continues for two other men police think are connected to the murder
Published: Jun. 27, 2022 at 9:34 AM CDT|Updated: Jun. 27, 2022 at 7:28 PM CDT
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GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) - Police are looking for two men wanted in a fatal shooting in Green Bay.

The suspects were identified as Alejandro Cantu and Gustavo Cantu, both of Green Bay. They’ve been charged with 1st Degree Intentional Homicide and Use of a Dangerous Weapon.

“Alejandro and Gustavo Cantu are aware police are searching for them. Detectives will be investigating information on anyone aiding and abetting their attempts to avoid apprehension,” police say.

A third man, Jacob Ventura, also from Green Bay, was in court Monday on a charge of 1st Degree Intentional Homicide and Use of a Dangerous Weapon. A court commissioner set Ventura’s bail at $1 million cash, citing the defendant’s lengthy record and the seriousness of the crime.

In court documents, witnesses placed Ventura at the scene of the crime, telling police he helped get rid of the murder weapon by selling the gun in Shawano County. His public defender argued for a lesser bond. “The State is not alleging Ventura was the person who actually fired the gun here, and I think that would suggest a lower cash bond would be appropriate,” attorney Briana Zawada argued.

The victim’s family was in court for Ventura’s appearance and sat front and center so Ventura could see them. When the court commissioner asked if anyone from the victim’s family would like to address the bond, three family members spoke up and agreed with the state’s bond request.

“It does not bring him back. It does not take the pain away and it will never fill that emptiness, but somehow brings me peace knowing that they will never be able to get out of here. So that comforts me, but still doesn’t bring him back or cover that heartache,” said Diamond Denny, the murder victim’s daughter.

Ventura is due back in Brown County court on July 7. He also faces a charge in Shawano County of being a Felon in Possession of a Firearm.

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Jacob Jesse Ventura
Jacob Jesse Ventura(Brown County Jail)

The Cantus are suspects in an April 30 shooting at Western and Perkins avenues. The victim, 34-year-old Randall Denny of Hobart, was found in the road. He was pronounced dead. An autopsy found Denny died of a gunshot wound to the head.

Witnesses saw several people flee the scene after shots were fired. “We all knew who did it,” Randall Denny’s brother, Raymond Denny, said.

“The fact [police] are now finally getting to it, it does bring more relief to me,” he said. “You know, until the day comes when the other two are caught I will be more relieved.”

If you have information, call Green Bay Police at 920-448-3208 and reference report 22-221174. To leave an anonymous tip, call Crime Stoppers at 920-432-STOP (7867). You can also leave a tip online at www.432stop.com or the “P3 Tips” app for crime tips.

“I believe people out there know where they are at. Please speak up because my brother did not deserve to go out this way. He was a good man and touched a lot of people around the community,” said Raymond Denny.

Action 2 News obtained a criminal complaint filed in the case. A witness stated Randall Denny may have stolen meth, jewelry and other items from the Cantus. Another witness stated Denny was shot because “he ripped a drug dealer.”

Detectives learned Ventura had been arrested with two other people in May and was in the Delta County Jail in Escanaba, Mich. One of the witnesses stated that Ventura indicated he was “involved in a homicide with Gustavo and Alex.”

Detectives did phone searches and followed up with contacts. They learned that after the murder, the suspects traveled to Tigerton. Green Bay detectives traveled to a home there and collected evidence, including a backpack, glasses, a T-shirt and headphones that belonged to Randall Denny.

A witness stated the Cantus and Ventura fought with Denny prior to the shooting. The witness stated Gustavo Cantu shot Denny.

The witness stated the Cantus have ties to a drug cartel.

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