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Cleveland man indicted in death of 24-year-old man, shooting of 37-year-old woman

If convicted, he faces a maximum term of life in prison.
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CLEVELAND — A 30-year-old Cleveland man was indicted Thursday for the killing of a 24-year-old man and the armed robbery and shooting of a 37-year-old woman. 

Harold Williams III was charged by a grand jury on 10 counts, including murder, attempted murder, felonious assault, aggravated robbery and having a weapon under disability. 

Williams is accused of murdering a 24-year-old man outside of pizza shop on Cleveland's west side on October 21. According to reports, Williams backed his car into the victim's vehicle in the parking lot of Nunzio's Pizzeria near Lorain Avenue and West 69th Street. An argument ensured and as the victim began walking away, Williams reportedly shot him in the back and then fled the scene.

The victim stumbled into the pizza shop and collapsed. He was transported to a local hospital, where he died. 

“This individual murdered a man over a minor fender-bender and shot a woman while robbing a gas station three days later,” said Prosecutor O’Malley. “The city of Cleveland is significantly safer with him locked up.”

Just three days later on Oct. 24, Williams approached employees at a gas station near Denison Avenue and West 65th Street. Police say he asked if they knew about the murder that took place at the pizzeria days prior and if they recognized who he was.

The employees asked him to leave, but he refused, apparently pulling a gun on them and demanding everything they had. The victims attempted to escape to a back office before he shot one victim twice and fled the scene.

Williams is being held at the Cuyahoga County Jail on $5,000,000 bond. His arraignment date has not yet been set. If convicted, he faces a maximum term of life in prison.