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Homicide in Green Bay has local ties, arrests

April 19, 2020 by Abigail Bostwick

As Green Bay police continue to investigate a homicide in their city earlier this month, a man with local connections is a “person of interest” and two other area people have been arrested in connection to assaulting an alleged witness in the alleged murder.

The murder

According to Vilas County court reports, Lac du Flambeau Tribal Police have been assisting the Green Bay Police Department with the homicide investigation. The murder of the 28-year-old man occurred on Green Bay’s west side April 1 sometime before 1 a.m. 

Waylon T. Wayman, 28, with a most recent local address according to online court records but with no current address listed on criminal complaints, has ties to and acquaintances in the Green Bay and Fox Valley areas. He has been sought for questioning, but thus far, has not been located. 

Local ties to homicide 

Both departments interviewed a Northwoods local “witness in the homicide investigation” the first week of April, court reports note. That witness was to meet police after retrieving some personal property in the Northwoods area, but when returned had blood on her face, hands and coat as well as a “completely swollen” face and was experiencing difficulty speaking with law enforcement. The witness also was missing at least a partial section of a front tooth, the criminal complaint notes. 

When questioned, the witness would initially not relay what happened and only expressed wanting to go home, appearing “extremely scared,” indicating “… they said I was a snitch, I can’t,” reports state. 

The witness was eventually able to tell officers that James Brisk, 32, and Audrey Wayman, 23, had allegedly seen her walking and verbally confronted her about “being a snitch.” The witness said Audrey Wayman in particular was “highly upset” due to a situation involving her brother, Waylon Wayman. 

The witness said Waylon Wayman had recently been involved in a homicide, stating the victim was her “own ex-boyfriend.” The witness further stated she was having “emotional difficulty” processing the death of her former partner, the complaint reads. 

Brisk is Audrey Wayman’s significant partner, while the witness is Audrey Wayman’s cousin, reports relate. 

The verbal confrontation continued as the three talked about shared family and the witness said Brisk was “provoking” Audrey Wayman and telling her to “beat (the witness) up.” Audrey Wayman allegedly accused the witness of not protecting their family before the incident became physical — including punching and kicking all over the witness’ body, reports state.

An ambulance took the witness to Howard Young Medical Center to be treated for her injuries. An officer rode along to provide security and obtain her statement. Hospital staff reported bleeding from the witness’ ear canal, contusions and swelling throughout her face, contusions and swelling around her eyes, dried blood on her mouth and upper jaw damage, reports state. 

Arrests for witness battery

Police went to seek those accused in the battery back on the Tribal reservation in Lac du Flambeau. 

When questioned, Brisk told investigating officers the witness had approached Audrey Wayman with a knife and he “wasn’t involved.” He a

dded Audrey Wayman ran off after the incident and asked for an attorney shortly thereafter. Brisk was arrested right away, reports note. 

Police stayed at the residence in an attempt to locate Audrey Wayman, who a family member first told them was not there. Soon after, Audrey Wayman came out of the house, however, with her hands out telling police a statement along the lines of, “… take me,” the complaint goes on. 

Audrey Wayman was observed to have a gouge on her finger as well as some bruising and cuts and would not state how the injuries happened, only asking for a lawyer and stating Brisk had not been involved. 

A knife was not found on the witness nor at the house, police reports state. 

Both Brisk and Audrey Wayman were arrested regarding the physical altercation. Brisk is charged with substantial battery intending bodily harm and battery or threat to a witness as a repeat offender and party to a crime as well as obstructing an officer as a repeat offender and three counts misdemeanor bail jumping. Wayman faces substantial battery intending bodily harm as party to a crime, battery or threat to a witness and misdemeanor bail jumping. Both Wayman and Brisk remain in Vilas County Jail on $10,000 cash bonds.

Represented by public defender Brian Bennett at his initial appearance before Judge Neal Nielsen on Monday, April 13, Brisk noted to the court he is employed at Lake of the Torches Casino. 

“I urge the court to reduce the bond to something more reasonable,” Bennett said. “He does have deep ties to the community. The offense is serious, but a think a reduction to the cash bond would be more obtainable for Mr. Brisk and his family.” 

Prosecuting attorney county assistant district attorney Scott Niemi asked Nielsen to deny the request. 

“This involved a homicide in Brown County and a witness to that … the suspect is on the run,” Niemi said. “It’s a situation where I think a cash bond is appropriate.” 

Nielsen rejected Bennett’s attempt to lower the cash bond. A preliminary hearing is set for next Wednesday, April 22. 

Brisk has prior convictions of criminal damage and taking a vehicle without consent in Vilas County. Older cases include theft and battery in Vilas and Oneida counties.

Also in court Monday before Nielsen, it was confirmed Audrey Wayman qualifies for public defenders representation, but that attorney is still being sought due to a conflict. A request for bond modification was denied at an earlier initial appearance. 

“She’s on a high cash bond which she cannot afford,” said Courtney Jolin, attorney temporarily filling in until another can be found. “We will try (to find a private attorney public defender) in the next few days. We hope it doesn’t take too long.”  

Audrey Wayman additionally faces an open case of battery in Vilas County from 2018.

Waylon Wayman has an open felony charge in Brown County for resisting or obstructing an officer and bail jumping. He also has an open case in Vilas County for possession with intent of amphetamine and methamphetamine, criminal damage to property and obstructing an officer as well as in Iron County for inattentive driving. He has prior convictions of battery and resisting an officer and extradition throughout the Northwoods over a number of years.

A message to the Lac du Flambeau Tribal Police regarding the investigation was not returned as of press time. 

Information on murder

Meanwhile in Green Bay, investigators have taken three people in for questioning regarding connection to the April 1 homicide on Clinton Street. A SWAT team served a search warrant at a house on Hampton Avenue early last week after receiving information persons of interest may be there. Waylon Wayman was not among those interviewed, reports state. 

The homicide victim has yet to be identified in gender or residence — only stating the victim is “not from the area.” Family are still being notified of the death. Police have stated Waylon Wayman and the victim “knew each other.” 

Anyone with information is asked to call Green Bay police at 920-448-3208 or 911. Anonymous tips may be left with Crime Stoppers at 920-432-7867 or online. Investigators have yet to release any detailed information about the victim or how the person died.

Abigail Bostwick may be reached at [email protected]

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