RACINE — A Racine man waived his right to a preliminary hearing on Thursday for the alleged execution-style fatal shooting of his girlfriend last month.
Ryan G. King, 46, is charged with first-degree intentional homicide and possession of a firearm by a felon in the Jan. 17 death of Lucinda White, 44, also of Racine. Racine County prosecutors allege that King chased White down on the night of Jan. 16, shooting her in the head in the street.
“I find there’s probable cause and bind him over to stand trial on the charges,” Court Commissioner Alice Rudebusch said.
At a preliminary hearing, lawyers may call witnesses to testify as they seek a court commissioner’s or judge’s ruling on whether there is probable cause to continue the charges.
King sat quietly in court during his two-minute hearing, hands folded and resting against his salt-and-pepper bearded chin.
Assistant District Attorney Sharon Riek said a plea offer has been extended to King: “Plea to first-degree intentional homicide and both sides free to argue for parole eligibility.”
Assistant State Public Defender Ahmed Jenkins did not accept that offer during Thursday’s hearing.
White was shot near the 600 block of Sixth Street, according to police. Officers responded at about 10:45 p.m. on Jan. 16 for reports of a person down in the street, mere blocks from the Racine Police Department. When they arrived, officers found White lying in the middle of the road with a gunshot wound to her head and two in her arm, according to King’s criminal complaint.
The victim called one of her sisters at about 10:30 p.m. that night, saying she and her boyfriend “were getting into it,”
according to King’s complaint. When her sister arrived at White’s home, in the 700 block of Villa Street, the place was dark and White didn’t respond when her sister honked the horn.
So she left.
A witness to the shooting told police she reportedly heard two noises outside and a woman yelled “I (expletive) love you.” She reported that a man then put a gun to the woman’s head and fired. Autopsy results show White died from that shot.
King was arrested on Jan. 17 in Millersville, Tenn., about 531 miles from Racine. It was at the Sumner County Jail in Tennessee that King purportedly said “words to the effect of ‘my baby — I killed my baby,’” according to the complaint.
His arrest came just hours before White died.
Defense lawyers have said King has worked at Racine Community Action for two years and has a degree in early childhood education.
Rudebusch set King’s arraignment for next Thursday. He remains in the Racine County Jail on $500,000 cash bond.