Milwaukee man charged in double homicide; one of the victims posted his bail in an earlier case

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The Milwaukee County Courthouse in Milwaukee.

A man charged with fatally shooting two people 20 minutes apart this month had been free since a judge reduced his bail in a March case from $10,000 to $1,000.

One of the two homicide victims — the man's estranged girlfriend — had posted the $1,000.

Allen Dale Grant, 62, faces two counts each of first-degree intentional homicide, possessing a gun as a felon, and felony bail jumping.

According to the criminal complaint:

Around 9 p.m. on July 8, Grant got into an argument with his downstairs neighbor in the 6500 block of West Carmen Avenue. Grant lived upstairs; Eduardo Hernandez, 50, lived downstairs.

Hernandez's longtime girlfriend and their son heard the two men arguing in the hallway. The girlfriend told police she opened her apartment door and saw Grant shove Hernandez to the floor, then draw a gun. As she closed the door she heard several shots.

She and her son saw Grant leave the duplex and get into an older Cadillac he was known to drive.

About 20 minutes later, neighbors saw a similar car park in front of a home in the 2400 block of North 44th Street, and an older Black male exit and walk up to a porch and fire a shot.

Police found Cynthia Walker, 66, dead on the porch from a single gunshot to the head. Her daughter told police her mother moved in about a month earlier from the West Carmen Avenue address she had shared with Grant. The mother left because the couple had developed problems.

About four hours later, police found Grant inside a 1993 Cadillac DeVille that had crashed and come to rest on its roof in the 4600 block of North 76th Street. Inside the car, detectives found a 9mm handgun and a spent casing of the same brand found near Walker's body.

In March, Grant had been charged with fleeing and eluding, and possessing a gun as a felon. According to that complaint, police saw Grant driving 56 mph in a 30 mph area of West Mill Road in a Mercury Grand Marquis. He refused to stop when officers activated their lights and siren, weaving though cars and crossing into oncoming traffic.

The officers ended the pursuit, but saw Grant crash into a light pole and run from the scene. When they caught him, he smelled strongly of alcohol and had a different 9mm handgun in his pocket.

Grant also refused to take a breath test after his arrest, and his license was revoked for a year.

He was charged March 3. His bail was set at $10,000. On March 18, Grant's attorney argued for a lower bail. Circuit Judge Milton Childs agreed to reduce the bail to $1,000 and Walker posted that amount April 4, according to court records.

Records do not indicate what Grant's lawyer argued in support of reducing the bail, or Child's findings in granting it. Neither the lawyer nor the judge returned messages. Chief Deputy District Attorney Kent Lovern said prosecutors sought the original bail and opposed the reduction.

Grant is now being held at the Milwaukee County Jail on $159,000 bail. His preliminary hearing was Friday.

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Contact Bruce Vielmetti at (414) 224-2187 or bvielmetti@jrn.com. Follow him on Twitter at @ProofHearsay.

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