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Florida Suspect Fatally Beats Victim for Mistakenly Thinking She Took Woman's Necklace Later Found in Owner's Top: Cops

Florida Woman 'Snapped' and Allegedly Killed Victim: Police
Source: Miami Dade Corrections & Rehabilitation Center; Unsplash

Zaria Liana Williams is accused of beating a woman to death after she 'snatched' a necklace from another woman.

Jul. 5 2024, Published 2:02 p.m. ET

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A Florida woman is facing murder charges after police say she allegedly beat a woman to death for grabbing another woman’s necklace.

Around 11 p.m. on June 26, a “chaotic” incident occurred in Miami Beach, according to an arrest report obtained by WPLG.

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Police said 20-year-old Zaria Liana Williams, the victim and another woman were sitting at the intersection when the victim “snatched” the other woman’s necklace.

Officials said the victim, who wasn’t identified by police, was acting in an “erratic” manner and Williams became upset.

The victim, however, reportedly never actually took the woman's necklace, and the woman “later found it inside of the sports top she was wearing,” the report states.

Witnesses identified Williams as the aggressor, and alleged she punched the woman multiple times.

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Surveillance and cell phone video obtained by police allegedly shows Williams punching the woman seven times after she had become unresponsive, police said.

A man eventually intervened and pushed Williams off the victim, who was taken to the hospital by medics.


On June 27, doctors told police the victim suffered “fractured ribs, a fractured sternum, a catastrophic brain bleed and she was intubated and not breathing on her own.”

Two days later, on June 29, doctors declared the woman brain dead with no chance of recovery.

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Williams, who is homeless, was initially arrested and charged with aggravated battery, police said.

She was booked into the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center and was being held on $1 million bond.

After the victim died, the charges against Williams were upgraded to second-degree murder and her bond was listed as “to be set.”


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