News February 20, 2009

Inmate Accused in Claw Hammer Attack in Court

2/20/09 – A former Fox Lake Correctional Institution inmate who attacked two guards with a claw-hammer was in Dodge County court yesterday for an initial appearance. 50-year-old Terrance Davis is charged with two counts of attempted murder for allegedly attacking the guards in the prison’s furniture-making shop last November. A 52-year-old officer sustained head injuries and a broken arm and a 38-year-old guard required surgery for a fractured skull. Yesterday’s hearing had to be continued because Davis was unable to prove that he had retained legal counsel. He told the court that his family hired an attorney from Cincinnati for $3000 but they were paying in installments. However, when the public defenders office called to confirm that, they were told otherwise. Judge Andrew Bissonnette even tried to contact the law office during the hearing, but was unsuccessful. The initial hearing was continued until March 6. Dodge County District Attorney Bill Bedker indicated that he would not be asking the court to set a cash bail since Davis was already incarcerated and will be for some time to come. He has been in prison since he killed two Milwaukee police officers 23 years ago when the officers walked into a drug deal. Davis faces up to 40 years in prison on each count.

Allen Bound Over for Horicon Apartment Arson

2/20/09 – A Horicon woman was bound over for trial yesterday on charges of Arson of Building related to an apartment complex fire last November. Judge Steven Bauer found probable cause to proceed with the case of Jamie R. Allen, who is accused of setting the fire in her unit on the 900 block of Division Street. According to the criminal complaint, the 33-year-old admitted to using a lighter to ignite a curtain in the doorway of her bedroom and clothes in her closet. She then locked the door so that the fire could not be extinguished, but removed her cat and birds. Allen says she has been diagnosed as a Schizoaffective and a Manic Depressant and indicated that her caseworker is trying to brainwash her. When questioned, she told investigators she wanted to (quote) “see what she could get away with and blow up the whole world…go to Iraq and Iran and blow it all up.” When asked about the safety of other people in the building, she reportedly laughed and said that she (quote) “figured they’d get out before their place burned down.” There were no injuries but the fire resulted in a reported $15,000 in damage. Allen has an arraignment hearing set for March 4. If convicted, she faces up to 40 years in prison.