Oxford Circle man arrested for murder

Phil­adelphia po­lice on Fri­day an­nounced the ar­rest of an Ox­ford Circle man in the shoot­ing deaths of two people in­side a North­east home on Aug. 6.

Dar­ren Wil­li­ams, 24, of the 800 block of An­chor St., al­legedly used a shot­gun to murder Lauren Fen­ning­ham, 18, and Sean Neal, 24, in­side Neal’s res­id­ence on the 2800 block of Sebring Road.

Po­lice went to Neal’s home at 1:38 a.m. on Aug. 6 in re­sponse to a re­port of a man with a gun. When they ar­rived, of­ficers found Fen­ning­ham and Neal in the liv­ing room. Fen­ning­ham, of the 3400 block of Prin­ceton Ave., had head wounds and was pro­nounced dead at the scene. Neal was wounded in the ab­do­men and taken to Aria Health-Tor­res­dale, where he died shortly after 5 p.m.

De­tect­ives iden­ti­fied Wil­li­ams as a sus­pect in the double hom­icide and loc­ated him at his res­id­ence last Thursday, where they ar­res­ted him without in­cid­ent. Wil­li­ams is charged with two counts of murder, pos­sess­ing an in­stru­ment of crime and mul­tiple weapons pos­ses­sion of­fenses. As a former con­vict, he is not eli­gible to pos­sess a gun.

Po­lice do not know the motive for the killings. Wil­li­ams re­mains in jail and is in­eligible for bail be­cause he is charged with a cap­it­al of­fense. His pre­lim­in­ary hear­ing is sched­uled for Aug. 28. ••

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