Indictment finally comes for murderer of Indiana tourist staying in Bushwick Airbnb

November 23, 2022 Rob Abruzzese
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BUSHWICK — Justice may finally be coming for an Indiana tourist who was shot and killed while he was staying in a Bushwick AirBnB on a vacation in Brooklyn.

District Attorney Eric Gonzalez announced on Friday that the defendant, 26-year-old William Freeman, of Gravesend, was arraigned on an indictment that charged him with murder. Freeman allegedly shot 20-year-old Ethan Williams, while Williams was sitting on a stoop in Bushwick, according to the Kings County District Attorney’s Office.

“Ethan Williams was a kind and compassionate young man who had his whole life ahead of him,” Gonzalez said. “His visit to New York City was the culmination of a lifelong dream and his untimely and unnecessary death is horrific and heartbreaking. I hope this prosecution brings some sense of solace to his family as we seek to bring this defendant to justice.”

Williams was a Indiana University student staying in Brooklyn at an AirBnB located at 42 Eldert St. in Bushwick while on a vacation. He and his friends were sitting outside on the stoop of the Brooklyn AirBnB at approximately 2:30 A.M. when Freeman allegedly opened fire on the group. Williams was shot in the chest and died of his wounds, according to prosecutors.

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Freeman appeared before Kings County Supreme Court Justice Vincent Del Giudice on the indictment that charged him with two counts of second-degree murder and two counts of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon. He is being held without bail and will return to court on Feb. 24, 2023. Freeman faces up to 25 years in prison if convicted.

Freeman was not arrested until Nov. 3 near 480 Knickerbocker St. when police stopped a car in which he was a passenger. Prosecutors claim that Freeman admitted to the shooting because he thought someone in Williams’ group had killed his cousin weeks before.

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