MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - New charges were filed Wednesday against five men in the beating of a Milwaukee rap music artist who was reportedly killed in a gruesome gang murder.
Billy Griffin, Victor Stewart, and Ashanti McAlister had previous battery charges upgraded to first-degree intentional homicide. Devin Seaberry and Ron Allen were charged for the first time in the case, both with homicide. The defendants range in age from 19 to 37.
They’re accused of killing 22-year-old Ebony Young, who’s been missing since New Year’s Day. Her body has not been found, and police said they were searching at a landfill Wednesday.
One defendant told authorities he thought Young was male – but officials said the victim changed genders to female.
According to prosecutors, Young’s roommate – Billy Griffin – first told officers that she got into a car with somebody on January 1st and disappeared. But Griffin later told investigators that gang members Stewart and McAlister came to his house along with others.
They told Griffin he’d be allowed back into their gang if he killed Young. But instead, officials said they choked Young with a chain, taped a plastic bag over her head, beat her, and shot her.
Young’s body was then thrown into a trash bin.