Suspect arrested for Frankford murder

Joshua Wil­li­ams

Joshua Wil­li­ams is prob­ably start­ing to hate April 28.

For the second time in as many years, Phil­adelphia po­lice ar­res­ted Wil­li­ams on that date. A year ago, of­ficers charged him with break­ing in­to a house and as­sault­ing someone with a gun. Wil­li­ams beat that rap when the vic­tim failed to show up for court.

This year, cops bus­ted Wil­li­ams, 19, of the 1100 block of S. 51st St., and ac­cused him of the New Year’s Day 2013 slay­ing of Tyjuan Shields on Pratt Street just east of Frank­ford Av­en­ue. Wil­li­ams al­legedly opened fire on a house oc­cu­pied by Shields at about 2:35 a.m. One bul­let struck Shields, 24, in the head. He died at the scene.

Po­lice be­lieve that both men were in­volved in an ar­gu­ment in the street that night. The nature of the dis­pute is not known. Po­lice did not dis­close what promp­ted them to sus­pect Wil­li­ams in the slay­ing.

Wil­li­ams is be­ing held in Phil­adelphia pris­on without bail on a gen­er­al charge of murder, in ad­di­tion to weapons vi­ol­a­tions and reck­less en­dan­ger­ment. 

He is sched­uled for a May 14 pre­lim­in­ary hear­ing.

The al­leged as­sault that au­thor­it­ies tried to pin on Wil­li­ams last year oc­curred on April 27, 2013, al­most four months after the shoot­ing of Shields. Wil­li­ams spent al­most four months be­hind bars be­fore pro­sec­utors were forced to with­draw the case when the com­plain­ing wit­ness failed to show up for a third con­sec­ut­ive court date. ••

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