‘I really need answers,’ family travels to Green Bay to seek justice

‘I really need answers,’ family travels to Green Bay to seek justice

GREEN BAY (NBC26) — The family of a young man killed in Ashwaubenon is preparing for their day in court ahead of the sentencing of a woman accused in his case.

  • The video shows Tracy Phillips (aunt) and Aaron Jones (father) sitting with me to express their efforts to demand justice for Braxton Phillips.
  • Phillips was shot and killed in an Ashwaubenon apartment in March 2023. He was 23 years old.
  • President Wade and Keilana Brunette are charged in connection with his death.
  • Brunette’s sentencing is scheduled for Tuesday. Wade will appear in court Friday.

(The following is a transcript of the entire broadcast report)

“It doesn’t sit well with any of us,” said Tracy Phillips, Braxton Phillips’ aunt. “That’s what I felt, that’s what I can talk about.”

I met with Tracy Phillips and Braxton’s father, Aaron Jones, on Monday. They brought photos of Braxton and her ashes in a small box.

“That’s all I have left of him,” Phillips said. “That’s all I have left, I can’t talk to my nephew, I can look for him in the sky.”

Police say Braxton Phillips was shot and killed in an Ashwaubenon apartment in March 2023. He was 23.

Prosecutors charged President Wade with first-degree intentional homicide and Keilana Brunette with multiple counts of harboring and aiding a felon. She pleaded not guilty in late April.

According to the documents, Wade claimed the shooting was an accident and that his case is still ongoing.

Both defendants are due in court this week, with Brunette’s sentencing scheduled for Tuesday.

“I really need answers. They’re talking about closing the case? There’s no closing the case. It was stolen,” Phillips said.

Phillips came from Las Vegas, where Braxton spent much of her early growing years.

We first spoke with Phillips and Braxton’s father last year.

Jones said Braxton was her firstborn.

“He meant a lot to me, he taught me how to be a better man, he taught me how to be a better father to my little ones,” Jones said.

Jones says he knows Wade and Brunette. He says the two used to hang out with Braxton at Jones’ house.

Now, when it comes time for victims’ statements in court, they say they are ready to speak on Braxton’s behalf – expressing their demands for justice.

I asked how the family plans to commemorate Braxton’s legacy.

“Through his stories, through the little signs he shows,” Phillips said, “every time something reminds me of him, it will always be a memory.”

Brunette’s sentencing will take place Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. and Wade will return to court for a status conference Friday.