Police: Man shoots driver instead of paying for crash damage

HARTFORD, Conn. — Police say a man who agreed to pay another driver for damages in a car crash decided instead to shoot and kill the driver.

The Hartford Courant reports the 42-year-old man was arraigned Thursday on charges of murder and criminal possession of a firearm in connection with the shooting of 43-year-old William Smalls.

Police records show the man is accused of shooting Smalls in the head in Hartford June 25.

Authorities say the man was involved in a minor crash with Smalls earlier that day, and he agreed to pay Smalls $1,000 and give him marijuana for the damage.

Police say the shooting took place 20 minutes after Smalls told a friend he was going to meet the suspect for payment.

The man is being held on $1.5 million bail.


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