Police at the scene of the shooting on Wade Street in Aliquippa, where a woman was found dead late Sunday.
By Shelly Bradbury / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
A 29-year-old man was arrested Thursday in the Sunday slaying of a 45-year-old woman in Aliquippa.
Deshawn Williams is accused of shooting Renae Johnson twice in the chest in the 1400 block of Wade Street around 10:30 p.m. Sunday.
He is being held without bond in the Beaver County Jail.
Aliquippa police used witness statements, surveillance video and a cell phone to tie Williams to the homicide, according to a criminal complaint.
Beaver County District Attorney David J. Lozier said Ms. Johnson was a jitney driver and was called by Mr. Williams to be picked up,
Ms. Johnson called Williams twice about an hour before she was killed, according to the complaint, and surveillance video showed that her 2002 Dodge minivan pulled up to Williams’ home on Irwin Street about 10 minutes after she called him.
Williams told police he asked Ms. Johnson for a ride to a gas station so he could buy cigarettes, but claimed she never showed up at his house that night, according to the complaint. However, surveillance footage shows Williams leaving his apartment at about the time Ms. Johnson’s van arrives, according to the complaint.
During an interview with police, Williams gave several different accounts of his actions that night.
A witness who is not identified in the complaint told police that Williams called him at about 10:20 p.m. and admitted that he killed Ms. Johnson. The witness told police that Williams said Ms. Johnson tried to rob him, so he shot her, according to the complaint.
Investigators searched Williams’ home on Wednesday and found a stolen gun and ammunition inside, according to the complaint.
Williams is charged with homicide, possession of a prohibited firearm, receiving stolen property and carrying a firearm without a license. He is scheduled to appear before District Judge Joseph Schafer on March 27 for a preliminary hearing.