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Monday, May 24, 2010

[PA] Philadelphia Police Officer Rudolf Gary charged with 1st Degree Murder for killing his wife's brother Howard Williams

Municipal Judge Karen Simmons drew applause from slain Howard Williams' family and friends packing the standing-room-only courtroom when she ordered Philadelphia Police Officer Rudolf Gary to stand trial on charges of first-degree murder, aggravated assault, recklessly endangering another person, possession of an instrument of crime and related counts... "Everyone told him to 'Put the gun down, there's kids out here,'" said James Felder, one of the witnesses and a friend of Williams'. "He screamed he didn't care."

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[PA] Officer Gary murdered his brother-in-law Sunday. Cop's estranged wife says it's not the first time he was violent or threatening  - ...Shanea Williams says she's in the process of divorcing the officer–who's now accused of killing her brother. "He's not getting away with this, he's not, he's not... He's just a loose cannon who feel like because he's a cop he can do what he want"...

Former Phila. officer held on murder charge
Philadelphia Inquirer
Troy Graham
Thu, May. 20, 2010
After two witnesses described former Philadelphia Police Officer Rudolph Gary's gunning down his unarmed brother-in-law, a Municipal Court judge on Wednesday ordered him held on a first-degree murder charge. The ruling inspired a rousing round of applause from family members packing the courtroom, many wearing shirts memorializing the victim, Howard Williams. Both witnesses at Wednesday's preliminary hearing were hit by stray gunfire after Gary opened fire on a South Philadelphia street this month, they said. Gary, they said, was trying to break up a fight involving his girlfriend when he went to his truck and returned with a gun, which prosecutors later identified as his semiautomatic service weapon. "Everyone told him to 'Put the gun down, there's kids out here,'" said James Felder, one of the witnesses and a friend of Williams'. "He screamed he didn't care"... He said Gary pointed the gun "at everybody ... making everybody get back"... Gary fired the first shot into Williams' chest... Gary fired several more times as Williams lay on the sidewalk... After he became a police officer, Gary was involved in two other confrontations involving his girlfriend. In October, [Officer Gary's estranged wife] Shanae Williams and [his girlfriend Amber] Colon squared off, and Gary slammed his estranged wife into the steps outside her home, according to the Williams family. Howard Williams went to confront Gary and Gary pulled his gun and badge, the family said. Internal Affairs also investigated an incident after Colon's ex-boyfriend accused her of attacking him. He said Gary threatened him and did nothing to stop the assault. Gary denied making any threats and was exonerated, according to an Internal Affairs memo... [Full article here]

Applause as judge orders murder trial for ex-cop
Philadelphia Daily News
Mensah M. Dean
Thu, May. 20, 2010
The two surviving victims of former Philadelphia Police Officer Rudolph Gary Jr. testified in court yesterday that he brought a real handgun to a frolicking water-gun fight earlier this month and used it to kill his brother-in-law. "I just started sliding down the car and I couldn't get up. I felt a burning sensation," Indira Johnson said of the moment a bullet from Gary's service weapon tore through her left lower leg, breaking a bone. She attended the standing-room-only preliminary hearing on crutches and was wearing a leg-and-foot brace. "I was standing there - I couldn't believe it was happening," testified James Felder, 18, who suffered a graze wound on a leg. Not so fortunate was Howard Williams, 22, Gary's brother-in-law, whom the off-duty cop is charged with shooting at least three times May 2... Municipal Judge Karen Simmons drew applause from Williams' family and friends when she ordered Gary, 26, to stand trial on charges of first-degree murder, aggravated assault, recklessly endangering another person, possession of an instrument of crime and related counts... The two witnesses said that Gary fired at Williams even after he fell on his back... [Full article here]
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