Man charged Green Bay girl’s shooting death bound over for trial

A child said Jordan Leavy-Carter provided them with the gun when it went off, killing 5-year-old Skye Blue Evans-Cowley
Published: Dec. 9, 2022 at 11:48 AM CST|Updated: Dec. 9, 2022 at 4:22 PM CST
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GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) - A man charged in the shooting death of a Green Bay girl has been bound over for trial.

Jordan Leavy-Carter, 35, appeared in Brown County Court Friday for a preliminary hearing.

Leavy-Carter was arrested after the shooting of Skye Bleu Evans-Cowley in an apartment on the 1600 block of Amy St. on October 17. He’s charged with 2nd Degree Reckless Homicide, Neglecting a Child (Consequence is Death), and Possessing a Firearm as a Convicted Felon.

According to the criminal complaint, Skye Bleu and her cousins were playing in the apartment. The children said Leavy-Carter showed them a gun that flashed a red light on the wall and handed it to one of the children. A girl told investigators “she had the gun, and she touched the wrong button, and it came out like fire, and it hit [Skye Bleu].”

During Friday’s preliminary hearing, a detective identified Leavy-Carter as the person who handed a gun to the children. Leavy-Carter, who does not have an attorney at this time, questioned the detective about taking the word of children. Leavy-Carter claimed the children gave conflicting interviews and that the detective had misunderstood the statements of the children. The detective disagreed.

Leavy-Carter also asked why he was the only person charged in the case. The prosecution objected to the line of questioning and the court commissioner told Leavy-Carter to ask direct questions and stay within the limits of the preliminary hearing.

The prosecution moved to have Leavy-Carter bound over for trial. The court commissioner agreed the state had met the burden of proof and ordered Leavy-Carter bound over for trial.

The defendant expressed concerns that he still does not have an attorney.

“There’s attorneys that don’t even want to work cases that’s not even here, so that’s not even our right. We’re losing our rights as far as that,” he protested. “We just gotta sit in here to rot? There’s people spending two years, six years, five years without an attorney.”

The court commissioner asked Leavy-Carter if he wants a public defender. So far, the court has been unable to find one to defend Leavy-Carter. If no attorney is appointed within the time frame, Leavy-Carter can go to a judge and ask for an attorney to be appointed.

Arraignment is scheduled for Jan. 9.