More than three years after Bernard Reavers was shot to death after he stepped into a neighbor’s apartment inadvertently interrupting a robbery, the man accused of killing him is set to go on trial.
Reavers was a 39-year-old father of three young children living in a two-unit building at 6727 24th Ave. in Kenosha with his family at 8:30 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 21, 2016, when he went to the upstairs apartment planning to loan his neighbor a vacuum cleaner.
When he walked inside he was shot in the head, apparently by a man who had targeted the neighbor for a robbery.
Neighbors reported hearing a single gunshot followed by screaming. A witness reported a man with a mask running from the building and then fleeing in a small blue or teal sedan.
Reavers died of his injuries a week later.
Nearly five months after the shooting, Kenosha Police arrested Michael Cina for Reavers’ death. Cina was linked to the shooting by DNA found on a glove left behind at the murder scene.
Then, when police executed a search warrant on Cina’s home in West Allis, they found shoes with a tread that matched a bloody footprint at the scene and a car that matched the description of the one seen fleeing 24th Avenue
Cina, 41, of West Allis, is scheduled to go to trial Monday on charges of first-degree homicide and burglary.
Bringing Cina to trial has been delayed in part because he faced criminal charges in two other counties.
At the time he was charged for the Reavers homicide, Cina was already in custody in Milwaukee County on felony weapon charges. Then, months after he was charged for the Kenosha homicide, he was charged with a second homicide, a shooting death in Racine that occurred in September 2016.
In that case, Cina is alleged to have shot and killed 36-year-old Joey Torrez of Racine as Torrez got into his car on Holmes Avenue.
Security video of that killing showed a man in a blue car driving up to Torrez and shooting at him out of the window of the car. Torrez was shot eight times
Cina is scheduled to go to trial on the Torrez homicide in Racine in October. Meanwhile, he is serving prison time on the Milwaukee weapons conviction.