Khari Williams Arrested in Shooting Death of Angelo Payne

Judge Karen Howze ordered Khari Williams held at D.C. Jail Wednesday, a day after police arrested him on suspicion of killing Angelo Payne Dec. 30. Williams is charged with Murder I while armed in connection with Payne’s death.

Payne’s homicide was the District’s last murder of 2012.

Prosecutors say Williams, who turned 18 Wednesday, killed Payne because he believed Payne was responsible for two missing bottles of PCP. Police did not report Williams’ name, saying that he was a juvenile.

According to court documents, Williams sold PCP to Payne at some point on Dec. 30, the day Payne was killed. Later that day, when Williams realized that two bottles were missing from his stock, he blamed Payne, court documents claim. Williams confronted Payne in an alley at the 3400 block of Crofutt Place Southeast, then shot him.

Williams’ attorney, Dana Page, said Williams is a student at Anacostia High School and does not have previous adult charges.

Williams is due to return to court Jan. 18 at 9:30 a.m. before Judge Lynn Leibovitz for a preliminary hearing.

A press release from the Metropolitan Police Department press about Williams’ arrest is below.

January 9, 2013

Arrest in the Homicide: 3400 Block of Croffut Place, SE

(Washington, DC)-Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch have announced that an arrest has been made in the fatal shooting which occurred in the 3400 block of Croffut Place, SE.

On Sunday, December 30, 2012, at approximately 12:08 am members of the Sixth District responded to the 3400 block of Croffut Place, SE for the report of the sounds of gunshots. Upon arrival they discovered an unconscious adult male suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services transported the victim to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead.

The decedent is identified as 23-year-old Angelo Alphonso Payne of Southeast, Washington, DC.

On Tuesday, January 8, 2013, a male juvenile was arrested and charged with Murder One while Armed in connection with the fatal shooting of Angelo Alphonso Payne.

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