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Woman Was Shot Dead In A Car In Front Of A Child, Police Say They Arrested The Suspect The Next Day

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Source: MEGA; Boone County jail

Nov. 16 2022, Published 1:02 p.m. ET

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A man is accused of killing a woman in a car as a child sat nearby, according to a report.

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Around 6:45 a.m. on Nov. 14, April Joann Brooks was found dead in a car in Columbia, Missouri, according to KOMU. The vehicle was still running when a witness found it.

The next day, police charged Montez Williams, 31, with first-degree murder and other counts in connection to the case.

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Police noted in a probable cause statement that a witness said she was in the car with Williams, Brooks and a child. That is when Brooks and Williams started to argue, the TV station noted.


Williams tried to force Brooks out of the car. But he got out and then fired at Brooks, KOMU reported. The shot missed Brooks and he got back in the car.

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They started to argue again, and this time Williams shot Brooks while he was in the backseat, according to the report.

Surveillance video shows a flash inside the vehicle the night before and two people getting out of the car, according to KOMU. One of the people was carrying a small child.

Williams then called a friend who picked up the three.

When police went to arrest Williams the day during a traffic stop, he tried to flee in a car. Williams was eventually caught after a chase on foot, according to the report. He is now being held in jail without bond.


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