Mom, teen charged for alleged roles in drug deal and shooting

WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAW) -- Two people arrested for their alleged roles in a shooting in Wausau Sept. 11, were charged Friday.

Julie Appleyard (L) Kaiden Bemowski (R) Photo source: Marathon County Jail

Police say Julie Appleyard, 46, drove her 16-year-old son to sell vaping cartridges that contained marijuana. The incident escalated into a shooting with her son suffering a grazing gunshot injury. Following the investigation he was in intensive care at Aspirus Hospital.

She's charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor, delivering THC, bail jumping and two counts of resisting an officer. She will be released on a $200,000 signature bond if she is able to post the first $100,00 in cash.

Appleyard told police that she and her son were planning on selling the product to 20-year-old Kaiden Bemowski.

Police say Bemowski and a 14-year-old girl intended to rob Appleyard’s son. The girl grabbed the product and ran. The 16-year-old got out of his mom’s car and chased after her. Bemowski told police he fired several rounds from a handgun-- trying to scare him, but one round struck the 16-year-old. Police say Appleyard then tried to run over Bemowski before taking her son to the hospital.

Bemowski is charged with attempted first-degree reckless homicide, armed robbery, aggravated battery, three counts of possession of drug paraphernalia and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. He is in jail on a $500,000 cash bond.

Both Bemowski and Appleyard are expected to learn Sept. 30 if their cases will head to trial.