The Journal Gazette
Tuesday, October 06, 2020 1:00 am

Documents say woman pleaded for her life

MATTHEW LEBLANC | The Journal Gazette

Two witnesses told police they heard Emoni M. Martin beg for her life before she was shot and killed. 

Ronald Williams, 31, is charged with murder and battery with a deadly weapon in the killing of the 19-year-old, and court documents made public Monday paint a chilling portrait of the minutes before the woman's body was found inside a Fort Wayne apartment Sunday. 

Two women said they hid under a bed inside a Serenity Drive apartment while Williams confronted Martin. Charging documents filed in Allen Superior Court do not specify a motive, but police Sunday issued a statement saying it might have been related to “a domestic situation. “

“Emoni (said) 'Royal, don't do this,'” the documents say, quoting one of the women who hid under the bed. “(The witness) stated that she briefly looked out and observed Emoni (Martin) pleading for her life while a man later identified as Ronald Williams was standing there, pointing a gun at her while not saying a word. (The witness) stated that she hid again and heard the gunshots.”

The other woman also told investigators Martin pleaded with Williams and “that she heard three gunshots and saw Emoni hit the floor next to the bed,” according to a probable cause affidavit. 

Martin died from multiple gunshot wounds, according to the Allen County coroner's office. Williams was arrested at Diplomat Apartments. 

“Detectives worked diligently, and many tips led them to the subject arrested, Ronald Williams,” the statement from Fort Wayne Police Department spokeswoman Sofia Rosales-Scatena says.

Officers first were called to a separate shooting about 7 a.m. to the 7900 block of Decatur Road. A man with injuries to his left wrist and right arm reportedly told police a man named “Royal” – Williams – had aimed a gun at him before he heard “a pop.” The injured man jumped through a window to escape and later identified Williams from a photo lineup.

Williams appeared in court Monday and is being held without bond at Allen County Jail. His next court hearing is Thursday. 

The man who was shot suffered injuries that are not life-threatening, police said. 

Martin's slaying is the 39th homicide in Allen County this year.

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