Hartland woman charged in connection with Jan. 17 homicide of Kaukauna man

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  • 2022-01-26 14:54:01Z
  • By Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Four people, including a Hartland woman, are facing charges related to the Jan. 17 shooting death of a Kaukauna man.

Adam R. McCormick, 34, was killed at about 2:20 a.m. in the basement of a home in the 2000 block of West Fairmount Avenue in Milwaukee, according to police.

Later that day, his body was found in a vehicle in Cambridge.

Mack Darrell Chambliss, 48, of Milwaukee, was charged in Milwaukee County Circuit Court with first-degree reckless homicide, possession of a firearm while convicted of a felony and hiding a corpse. Angelina Ruesch, 28, of Hartland, was charged with hiding a corpse and aiding a felon. Danelle Eaton, 35, of Milwaukee, was charged with hiding a corpse and aiding a felon, and Melissa Calvert, 34, of Milwaukee, was charged with possession of a firearm while convicted of a felony and aiding a felon.

According to a criminal complaint filed Jan. 22, nearby residents said they heard two gunshots, as well as a voice stating "clean up the basement," then saw two people place a body in a Mercedes-Benz at 2036 Fairmount Ave.

A witness at the residence said Chambliss and an unknown man argued, then Chambliss pistol-whipped the man and shouted "you tried to set me up!" before shooting him.

The witness said Eaton and Ruesch carried the victim to Chambliss' Mercedes, where Chambliss and Ruesch loaded the body into the car, according to the complaint. Eaton then told Chambliss to help clean the basement, before Eaton loaded a bag of clothes and the basement carpet into her car's trunk, the complaint said.

Upon investigation, a police officer reported seeing fresh blood on the home's front porch and bloody footsteps leading to the basement, which had a strong smell of bleach, the criminal complaint said. Forensic investigators determined blood had been in the basement, and a spent brass 9mm casing was found in an open black duffel bag, according to the complaint.

According to the complaint, police found Calvert behind a garage at 8828 W. Fairmount Ave., at the site of an active fire. She wore rubber gloves and had a firearm at her waist. Calvert told a detective Eaton asked her to burn a bag of clothes in the fire pit, the complaint said.

At about 7:40 p.m. Jan. 17, Dane County Sheriff's deputies went to a BP gas station following reports that a woman was asking people for money and a ride, according to a Dane County news release. Deputies found the woman, identified as Ruesch, at a nearby home. She was armed with a pistol, and deputies deployed a Taser, which was ineffective, the news release said. She was eventually physically restrained by police and taken into custody.

A preliminary investigation determined that the pistol Ruesch had when she was arrested matched the casing recovered at the homicide scene, according to the criminal complaint.

Police found McCormick's body hidden under blankets in the back seat of the Mercedes-Benz, which Ruesch was traveling in and had left parked at a nearby Piggly Wiggly.

A resident of the address where Ruesch was found said they did not know Ruesch, and that she had approached the driveway and asked them for either a ride or to use their phone. The resident told police they allowed Ruesch to use their phone, and they overheard her speaking with a male voice. Police matched the phone number to a phone used by Chambliss, the criminal complaint said.

According to the complaint, an anonymous individual told police that before the homicide, they had been staying for about a week at the Chambliss' residence on 41st Street, along with several other people, including Chambliss, Ruesch and McCormick. The individual said McCormick was romantically linked to Ruesch, while Ruesch reportedly had romantic feelings for Chambliss.

At about 5 p.m. Jan. 16, the evening before McCormick was killed, the individual said, McCormick came downstairs crying, and said that he and Ruesch were breaking up. At about 6 p.m., McCormick, Ruesch and Chambliss left in a Mercedes-Benz and did not return. Police later found registration for the Mercedes-Benz at Chambliss' address, the criminal complaint said.

A forensic examination found that McCormick died from a single gunshot wound to the chest, according to the complaint.

Eaton and Calvert appeared in court Jan. 22 and were both scheduled for a preliminary hearing on Jan. 28. A warrant for Chambliss' arrest was issued Jan. 24. A court date had not been set for Ruesch at the time of this writing.

Contact Kelli Arseneau at (920) 213-3721 or karseneau@gannett.com. Follow her on Twitter at @ArseneauKelli.

This article originally appeared on Appleton Post-Crescent: Four people charged with crimes for Jan. 17 homicide of Kaukauna man


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