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Murder trial hinges on fight

Friends testify on March night out that led to Reed Street slaying

Williams

– What started out as a late-night get-together for members of the “Cash Money on Deck” social club ended with one person dead and two women cowering on the porch of an abandoned house.

Packed in an old Chevy driven by “Twin,” members of the group left a south side bar in March and headed to their respective homes. “Twin” first dropped off “Ace” and his fiance, “Sexy-Q,” and then was going to take “Mary Jane,” “Tutu” and 25-year-old Mark Brian Young Jr. home.

But Young never made it home. After an escalating argument with Ronald “Twin” Williams, who was driving the car, prosecutors say Williams took out a chrome-plated revolver and shot Young to death in the 3400 block of Reed Street in March.

The women in the car, Trisha “Mary Jane” VanCamp and Carolyn “Tutu” Bolden, both saw Williams with the gun. They both saw the two men get out of the car, and as the women ran from the scene in fear, they heard five to seven shots fired behind them. Having lingered in the car a few minutes more than Bolden, VanCamp had seen Williams pointing the gun at Young.

An Allen Superior Court jury heard testimony from the two women and other witnesses Tuesday afternoon in the first day of Williams’ trial on a charge of murder. The 27-year-old faces more than 45 years in prison if he is convicted. The trial is scheduled to continue through Thursday.

While Allen County Deputy Prosecutor Jeff Stineburg gave a lengthy outline of the state’s evidence against Williams – specifically, three witnesses who saw him with the gun, pointing the gun and shooting Young – Williams’ public defender gave a 90-second opening statement.

He argued that prosecutors would fail to prove their case beyond a reasonable doubt and had made inconsistent statements to police and prosecutors.

VanCamp and Bolden both told the jury that the evening began at the bar with members of their social club and that everyone was having a good time.

But on the ride home, when Young wanted Williams to drop him off at the Eden Green apartment complex, Williams refused, not wanting to risk an encounter with the police because he had drugs in his possession.

“He didn’t want to go to Eden Green because it was too ‘hot’ out there and he was ‘dirty,’ ” Bolden said. “Mark said that he was ‘dirty’ too.”

The two men then began to argue over who had more “street cred.” Williams stopped in front of a house and went inside, emerging within a minute or two with his right hand jammed into his pocket.

He got into the car, put it in gear with his left hand and within a few seconds pulled out a revolver and continued to rant, the two women said.

About 3:30 a.m. March 15, police found Young’s body in the 3400 block of Reed Street. He was pronounced dead at Lutheran Hospital a short time later, having suffered numerous gunshot wounds.

The old gold Chevrolet was found crashed a few blocks away at the intersection of Colerick Street and Bowser Avenue, according to court documents. Williams, of the 3700 block of South Park Drive, was arrested and charged a few weeks later.

He faces additional charges in another case of criminal confinement and burglary. He is accused of breaking into a woman’s home looking for one of the women in the car that night. Armed with a large revolver, he allegedly held the other woman hostage for more than seven hours, refusing to believe the woman he was seeking had moved away.

He is scheduled to stand trial on those charges in October.

rgreen@jg.net

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