Fourth suspect arrested in Ciara Philumalee homicide

August 11, 2017

A fourth suspect has been arrested in the July shooting death of Ciara Philumalee on Madison’s North Side.

Nicole Marco, 35, of Sun Prairie, is being held in the Dane County Jail on a tentative charge of first-degree intentional homicide, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Marco was taken into custody Tuesday night following a short police pursuit, Madison police said.

Officers on patrol saw a vehicle of interest related to the homicide and made a traffic stop on Tokay Boulevard, but the vehicle fled without pulling over.

“After a short pursuit, ending on Tomen Terrace, two suspects were detained, one pursuant to the homicide investigation and the other on outstanding warrants,” said police Sgt. Nathan Becker.

The other three suspects were charged with first-degree intentional homicide on Friday.

Donald Davis Jr., 29; Korey Johnson, 33; and Jennifer Lovick, 34, all of Madison, were charged in the shooting death of Philumalee, 24. Philumalee was shot outside an apartment building on Karstens Drive around 1:45 a.m. on July 28.

Marco may be the unidentified woman referenced in a criminal complaint filed in the case last week as having been the person who drove the three to the scene of the shooting.

According to the complaint, Lovick, Johnson and Davis drove to the apartment building on Karstens Drive after Lovick learned that Philumalee was there. The complaint states that Davis had told Lovick that he was looking for Philumalee because he believed that she had organized a robbery of Davis that had happened at some point earlier.

Lovick denied knowing that Davis wanted to kill Philumalee, the complaint states, but Johnson told police that a “hit” on Philumalee was discussed in the car on the way to the apartment building.

Police interviews with Lovick and Johnson quoted in the complaint both mention an unidentified woman who drove the car to the apartment where Philumalee was located and subsequently shot.

A man also was shot in the same incident, but he has recovered from his injuries, police said.

State Journal reporter Ed Treleven contributed to this report.