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1st degree intentional homicide charge for man accused of shooting brother

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Bonnell Hanger is facing a 1st degree intentional homicide charge in the shooting death of his brother Monday night in Madison, according to a criminal complaint in the case.

Bonnell Hanger, 39, made his initial appearance in Dane County court Thursday afternoon, in the death of 33-year-old Fredrica Hanger, of Madison. An autopsy showed the younger Hanger died from a gunshot wound. A criminal complaint states Hanger was shot in the head, as he sat in a car in front of his home at 1344 East Wilson Street.

According to information in the complaint, a tearful Bonnell Hanger told a detective, "I shot my kid brother." Police arrested him shortly after the shooting, on a tentative charge of felon in possession of a firearm. He was convicted of substantial battery in 2010.

A state official tells 27 News the victim, Fredrica Hanger, was released from a nine-year prison term just last week.

"He was one of the individuals that I knew that full advantage of his incarceration, in terms of programming," former fellow inmate Murray Allen tells 27 News.

Allen, who says Hanger went by the name Frederic, regrets Hanger was denied the chance to turn his life around.

"For someone to struggle against prison for nine years, and to have everything in the world to look forward to, to come here and die after a couple of days, I just think it was real sad," Allen says.

By stipulation of the prosecutor and Bonnell Hanger's defense attorney, and with approval of the court commissioner, Hanger's bail was set at $100,000.

Police spokesperson Joel DeSpain confirmed on Tuesday there was an on-going dispute between the brothers. Neither DeSpain nor court records specify the nature of the dispute.
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