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Homicide Charges May Be Filed In Germantown Murder


MILWAUKEE (WRN) - A homicide charge could be filed Tuesday against a man accused of killing his stepson north of Milwaukee. 37-year-old Charles Avey Sr. of Grafton is being held, after Germantown Police found the body of 14-year-old Cody Reetz Sunday night inside a vehicle parked at a Walmart. Police Chief Peter Hoell said it was premeditated murder, but would not say how the boy died. Grafton Police said Reetz saw Avey hit his mother with a hammer more than once on November 8th. She went to Grafton Police to report the incident on Sunday, but did not express fears for Reetz’s safety. Still, police put out an alert for both her husband and her son. A few hours later, Avey surrendered to Washington County sheriff’s deputies. And officers alerted Germantown Police to the murder, and they found the teen’s body. Charles Avey has 5 identity theft charges pending in Washington County. Prosecutors said he opened credit card accounts in the name of his wife’s ex-husband – Cody’s father – and charged over $22,000 in merchandise.