Records: Woman had a gun but never pointed it at security guard who killed her

Vic Ryckaert Indianapolis Star Published 8:47 PM EDT Sep 1, 2020 Update 7:45 p.m.: A security guard is in custody in connection with the shooting death of 25-year-old Nataysia Williams. 

Melvin E. Hall, 33, was charged with murder Tuesday morning, but information about his arrest did not show up in Marion County Jail records until sometime after 6 p.m.  Earlier: A security guard was charged with murder Tuesday after prosecutors said he shot a woman three times at the Towne and Terrace Apartments.

Melvin E. Hall, 33, shot Nataysia Williams as she sat in the driver’s seat of a car early Friday morning in the complex’s parking lot near 42nd Street and Post Road, Marion County Prosecutor Ryan Mears said Tuesday.

Williams, 25, had a handgun in the car, but prosecutors said she never pointed the gun at Hall before he shot her. “After reviewing multiple witness statements as well as the forensic evidence we felt there was enough probable cause to support the murder charge in this matter,” Mears’ spokesman Michael Leffler said

Williams’ loved ones told IndyStar her first name is spelled “Nataysia.” Prosecutors and the Marion County coroner’s office spell it “Naytasia.” According to a probable cause affidavit filed Tuesday in Marion Superior Court: Williams drove into the apartment complex and argued with another woman in the parking lot shortly after midnight Friday.

Records: Woman had a gun but never pointed it at security guard who killed her

A witness told investigators that Williams told the woman “you lucky I ain’t got no bullets,” and “I just dumped a clip on my family.”

Hall and two other security guards who work for him were nearby. Hall approached the passenger side of the car with a flashlight. The two other security guards told police they heard him say he saw a gun before he started shooting.

Two witnesses who knew Williams, one of whom was in the back seat at the time, told investigators Hall did not speak before he fired the shots. The four witnesses said they never saw Williams point the gun at Hall. Williams jumped out of the car and collapsed.

The vehicle was still in drive and slowly rolled until it hit a guard rail. An autopsy found Williams had bullet wounds to her leg and upper body. One round had struck her heart.

A Smith and Wesson handgun loaded with five rounds was on the driver’s seat of Williams’ car, investigators said. Police seized Hall’s Glock 9 mm handgun loaded with 14 rounds, along with a bulletproof vest, five loaded 17-round pistol magazines and a rifle magazine loaded with 29 rounds. In Hall’s SUV, police found an AR-15 style rifle with six 30-round magazines and a loaded 56-round drum magazine, 770 rounds of handgun ammunition and 238 rifle rounds.

Hall did not give a statement to investigators. Contacted by IndyStar, Hall’s attorney, Marc Lopez, declined comment. Contact IndyStar reporter Vic Ryckaert at 317-444-2701 or [email protected]

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