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Tuesday, October 21, 2008

The naked city

Posted By on Tue, Oct 21, 2008 at 9:11 AM

I got a note yesterday morning about the focus of crime news coverage -- more on white people and better-off neighborhoods, less on the converse. The criticism is often fair. Sometimes not.

I suspect the writer was set off all over again this morning by the prominent coverage given the beating of KATV anchor Anne Pressly in her Heights home and the brief report in the same daily newspaper given a slaying in a poorer part of town.

A home intrusion without readily apparent motive that produces ghastly, rage-implicating injuries to a well-known person who happens to be an attractive young woman is going to get a lot of news coverage. It was a hot topic on national cable TV last night and likely will remain so today now that Drudge has taken note.

Meanwhile, back in LR's 'hood, a man is dead. Very little information was available at the time the newspaper went to press. Only a bit more is available this morning. But in the interest of considering all neighborhoods, here's the basic LRPD report:

2008- 122699 – HOMICIDE

SUSPECT – B/M,

VICTIM – TIMOTHY WILLIAMS, B/M, 7-14-1985, 2702 S. TYLER

INCIDENT DATE/ TIME – 10-20-2008 AT 2030 HOURS

INCIDENT LOCATION – 2308 MONROE

Officers responded to a shots fired call in the area of 2308 Monroe and observed a naked black male standing in the intersection of 23rd and Monroe.  This subject, was later identified.  Officers then observed Timothy Williams lying dead in the front yard of 2308 Monroe.  Williams appeared to have sustained gunshot wounds to the torso.  The coroner’s office responded and took possession of Williams’ body.

The naked black male is not the victim Timothy Williams.  The naked black male is believed to have been with Mr. Williams at the time of the shooting.  This black male was taken to PCRJ on a Failure To Appear Warrant and will be questions at a later time in reference to the shooting.

UPDATE: Police say they are about to "walk" a suspect in the shooting -- Deon Neely, 27.


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