Milwaukee woman charged in Sparta slaying; more arrests expected

South Carolina officer dies after he, 3 others shot

SPARTA, Wis. (WKBT) — Damara R. Skenandore-Medina of Milwaukee is being held in the Monroe County Jail on a $1 million cash bond after being charged Thursday with several counts in connection with a June 11 slaying in Sparta, according to authorities.
The Milwaukee Police Department arrested the 28-year-old Skenandore-Medina during the weekend on a warrant from Monroe County Court, according to a news release from Sparta Deputy Police Chief Booker Ferguson.
The charges include felony murder, armed robbery, distribution of more than 50 grams of methamphetamine and harboring or aiding a felon in connection with the fatal shooting of 61-year-old Anthony Koopman of Sparta.
Sparta police investigators had spent time in Milwaukee working with Milwaukee County law enforcement agencies and the Wisconsin Department of Justice to conduct search warrants and follow up as part of the homicide investigation, according to the news release.
This was an isolated incident, and investigators believe the shooting is related to the sale of illegal drugs, Ferguson’s news release says.
The Sparta Police Department “remains very active in this investigation, and additional arrests are expected,” according to the release.