MILWAUKEE, Wis. (WTAQ) - Two Milwaukee men pleaded not guilty Friday to the slayings of 4 people two weeks ago. 23-year-old Anthony Barnes and 21-year-old Desmond Laster entered their pleas right after a judge ordered them to stand trial. Police said the 2 men and 19-year-old Brittney Robertson robbed 23-year-old Rachel Thompson, killed Thompson and 2 of her young sons, and set fire to the victim’s duplex. They allegedly stole Thompson’s 6-week-old son and dropped him off in front of a church before the 2 men reportedly killed Robertson the same day of the other murders on February 26th.
Police said Thompson’s stolen baby was fathered by the same person who had a child with Robertson. That infant died shortly after being born. The father was in prison at the time of the slayings. The 2 Thompson children who were murdered had a different father.