Man charged in Gary slaying

2013-04-01T21:15:00Z 2013-04-01T22:44:04Z Man charged in Gary slayingElvia Malagon elvia.malagon@nwi.com, (219) 644-5500 nwitimes.com

GARY | A 31-year-old man was extradited from California to face charges in the January killing of a Gary man.

Duriel J. Williams is accused of fatally shooting Erich C. Beard, 39, on Jan. 28, according to a probable cause affidavit. Williams was appointed a public defender Monday.

A warrant was issued for Williams' arrest in February. He was located in March at a jail in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., according to court records.

A woman told Gary police Williams, Beard and two women were driving around Gary on Jan. 28 when Williams became angry because someone broke his mother's windows.

The woman told police Williams, who goes by Delow, "got to driving crazy," according to the affidavit. Williams and Beard began arguing and at one point, Williams pointed a gun at Beard when he reached for an item, court records state.

Beard then grabbed a bottle and made a motion like he was going to hit Williams, according to the affidavit. Williams was heard saying, "Don't do it, I love you man."

The vehicle stopped in the 1200 block of Taft Street, where Williams and Beard continued arguing. The woman told police Williams said to Beard, "Don't do anything or I'll shoot you," according to the affidavit. Beard was going to drive away, but stopped when Williams told him he was going to "fan this up."

The woman told police Williams shot Beard two to three times, the affidavit stated. Beard died at the scene at 7:13 p.m.

Williams is scheduled to have a formal appearance in court April 9.

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