Army veteran charged in wife's slaying
Feb 01, 2013 (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --
A 27-year-old Army veteran who police say fatally shot his wife Sunday during a quarrel at the home they shared with their young daughter contends the victim committed suicide.
According to a criminal complaint, the girl was sitting alone in the living room, crying, when police responded to a call about shots fired.
In a back bedroom they found Keith J. Brooks kneeling over his wife, poet Anita Brooks, screaming and crying, the complaint states.
According to the complaint:
Brooks told police he and his wife had been arguing over infidelity for the past few days. As he went to leave their home early Sunday, he said, his wife grabbed him and he then slapped her in the face and shoved her to the floor. As he walked away he heard a click, turned back toward his wife and saw her looking at her .380-caliber handgun in her hand.
He told police he sprinted back to her but she shot herself in the side of the head before he could stop her.
An autopsy showed Anita Brooks, 27, died from a single gunshot to the right side of her head, about three inches behind her ear. There was no evidence of a contact or extremely close shot, and the bullet travel slightly downward and frontward, leading a medical examiner to conclude Anita Brooks did not fire the fatal shot.
Brooks told police he met his wife in Arkansas in 2005, that after he was discharged from the Army in October, the couple moved to Milwaukee. They were living in the 3400 block of W. Highland Ave.
The complaint also indicates that Brooks had called his wife's sister earlier in the night, told her they were divorcing, and that he wanted the sister to come and talk to them. But the sister told police Brooks never arrived to pick her up as promised.
A detective also found a video on Brooks' phone of him berating his wife with lots of epithets and slurs in what the detective described as almost an interrogation.
Brooks is charged with first-degree intentional homicide with a deadly weapon, and with battery. He is being held at the Milwaukee County Jail.
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