MILWAUKEE, Wis. (WTAQ) - A state appeals court has refused to drop a reckless homicide conviction against a Milwaukee man who shot and killed a state justice agent in a gas station holdup. Dionny Reynolds claimed that Milwaukee Police coerced him into admitting that he shot criminal agent Jay Balchunas in 2004. But the 1st District Court of Appeals didn’t buy the argument, saying Reynolds’ confession was voluntary and not coerced by detectives.
The murder happened late at night at a Milwaukee convenience store. Balchunas had stopped to get some coffee right after the place was robbed. Prosecutors said Reynolds’ accomplice, Anthony Bolden, patted down Balchunas before Reynolds shot him once in the stomach. Balchunas was conducting a drug investigation at the time, but officials said the murder had nothing to do with that probe.