Prostitutes allegedly hid body of Milwaukee heroin user in closet, used his apartment for sex
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According to charges filed yesterday, Willis's corpse spent much of that time stashed in his closet while two prostitutes and an accomplice used his apartment to turn tricks and his credit cards to go on a shopping spree, and drove his car.
Willis's sad end began the weekend of June 14, when he met a 35-year-old prostitute named Ashley Howard on the city's south side and asked her if "she wanted to party." The two went back to Willis's apartment with cocaine and heroin and the intention to do drugs and have sex, police say.
Milwaukee's WITI, citing the criminal complaint, tells the story from there:
The complaint indicates that early on Sunday, June 16th, Willis asked Howard "for a line of heroin." Apparently Howard laid a small line of heroin on the nightstand -- and later noticed it was all gone. [Cops say he injected it.] Later Howard told police she observed Willis was struggling to breathe; that he "would open his eyes and then 'go back out of it.'"Here's the mugshots of Howard, Clary, and Sether (click to enlarge):
According to the criminal complaint, Howard called [Michael] Sether and told him Willis was dying. After some time, Howard apparently went to the residence of Sether and [fellow prostitute Brittany] Clary. The complaint says the three "debated what to do about the victim's body, and decided against calling 911 in favor of hiding the body."
The complaint says Howard, Sether and Clary all went back to Willis' apartment and noticed he was dead. They "wrapped up the body in a comforter and then put the body in a closet." They apparently tried to hide the closet with a bookshelf and an exercise bike.
After allegedly hiding Willis' body, the complaint indicates Howard and Clary used Willis' apartment to have sex with men for money. They also went on a "shopping spree with the victim's credit cards."
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The three have all been charged with hiding a corpse and could spend up to a decade in prison.
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