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Milwaukee jury convicts Keith Brooks of murdering his wife

MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - A jury in Milwaukee refused to buy a man's claim that his wife killed herself -- and they convicted him of murdering her.  

29-year-old Keith Brooks was found guilty Wednesday of battery and a reduced charge of reckless homicide in the death of 27-year-old Milwaukee poet Anita Brooks. She died of a gunshot wound last January 27th at the couple's west side Milwaukee apartment.  

Brooks faces up to 45 years in prison when he's sentenced on March 7th.  

He claimed that his wife shot herself after he said he was leaving her. He was discharged from the Army after he tried killing himself in Afghanistan, saying his wife had cheated on him.  

The defense lawyer mentioned the alleged infidelity to the jury in his opening argument, but it was not confirmed by witnesses during the week-and-a-half-long trial.  

Prosecutors rejected the defense's claim that Anita Brooks was disturbed. They said she enjoyed her poetry and life with her daughter.  

Assistant District Attorney Kevin Shomin said it was possible that Keith Brooks was planning a murder-suicide -- but he couldn't follow through with it.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)