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Security guard charged with murder in woman’s death

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — A private security guard for a housing complex has been charged with murder following a woman’s death.

Melvin Hall, 33, faces murder charges for the death of 25-year-old Naytasia Williams.

Williams was shot just after midnight in the 4100 block of Brentwood Drive on August 28. She died in a hospital just before 2 a.m.

Court documents provide witness statements of what occurred that night.

According to one witness, Williams had been in an argument with another woman, with Williams being heard saying “you lucky, I ain’t got no bullets.” Two women would continue to “exchange threats,” according to court filings.

That same witness said Hall approached Williams’ car with his flash light out, then fired three shots. This witness did not hear Hall give any warnings before firing.

“She pulled out a gun, she pointed a gun at us,” the witness recalled Hall saying after shooting.

The witness said he never saw Williams holding or pointing a gun.

A second witness also told investigators that she didn’t hear any warnings from Hall or see Williams point a gun at anyone.

Two witnesses working for Superior Tactical Response Agency with Hall also spoke to investigators.

Both of them said they did not see Williams point a gun.

One of them told investigators that Williams “said she was going to shoot somebody,” according to court documents.

The other found a gun in the driver’s seat of Williams’ car. This witnesses stated that Hall said “she’s got a gun, she’s pointing it at me.”

Hall declined to speak to investigators.

Following the shooting, tensions began to rise at the scene.

The Indianapolis Fire Department had to be called after a security guard’s car was set on fire.

Court documents say bystanders cursed and threw bottles at security guards and police officers who responded.

“He never said put your hands up or anything like that, he just started shooting inside the car. I watched that man murder my friend,” Liberty Carnell told News 8.

A memorial for Williams was put up at 42nd Street and Brentwood Drive, but was destroyed. A second memorial was put up at 34th Street and Moeller Road.

Online court records do not yet list an initial appearance for Hall.

News 8 has requested Hall’s mugshot from the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department.

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