Police: Woman Shoots Man Execution Style, Body Found Along Road

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Maria Audrey-Louise Williams mugshot

ST. JOSEPH COUNTY, Mich. – Charges were authorized against a 34-year-old woman who police say shot and killed a man during a domestic situation Thursday.

Maria Audrey-Louise Williams of Burr Oak was arrested and will be arraigned Friday afternoon for one count of open murder as well as one count of felony firearm, said the St. Joseph County Prosecutor’s Office.  Williams spent Friday morning being questioned by detectives prior to her afternoon arraignment in which she will be formally charged.

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Courtesy: Sturgis Journal

The St. Joseph County Prosecutor’s Office said the man who was killed was Dennis Brooks.  Investigators said Williams killed him by a single gunshot wound to the head with a .38 caliber handgun.

The shooting victim was found Thursday evening near Farrand and Townline Roads, off M-66 north of Sturgis in Burr Oak Township.  According to the Sturgis Journal, Brooks’ body was found along the side of the road.

An autopsy on Brooks’ body is scheduled Friday in Grand Rapids.

The St. Joseph County Major Crime Task Force is also working on the investigation.

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Farrand & Townline Roads

FOX 17’s Jennifer Dowling is in the area to investigate the story.  If you have any information about the suspect or victims involved please contact us at news@fox17online.com.  We will bring you live reports on FOX 17 News at 5 and 6pm.

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  • Bob

    You guys are a joke. Channel 3 had this as breaking news at 11pm last night and was live all morning. You guys finaaly respond and send someone down there late in the morning after sourcing the Sturgis newspaper all morning Way to have your finger on the pulse of the community FOX 17.

    • agillfillan

      Bob, thanks for the response. Unfortunately FOX 17 is based out of Grand Rapids. We cover 16 counties across West Michigan. As the story continued to develop Friday, we sent one of our lead investigators to St. Joseph County to uncover new facts and information. The Sturgis Journal was gracious enough to help us out until we could get a crew to the scene. We try to cover all major news in all of the communities in which we serve; however sometimes because of logistics issues, problems can arise. Thanks for your comment.

  • Guest

    Fuck you bob. Fox 17 is based out of Grand Rapids, dumb ass. Channel three is kazoo. Besides probably just a couple of black people behaving badly again…drinking, smoking pot and shooting each other. Probably make a good episode for the Maury show.

  • Bob

    Nice mouth you racist. It was a woman who shot and killed her husband execution style after years of abuse. I know exacty where Fox is located but I guarantee you it will be one of their top stories today. They follow eveybody else – Chaneel 3 in the south & Channel 8 in the north. They can't find a story without a press release or seeing somewhere else first.

    • Grow Up Bob

      Oh, you managed to get all the liberal buzz words in there…
      "racist", "abuse" and a few insults to demonstrate how "tolerant" you are.
      And as always, support the criminal by making excuses for them.

      I'm sure normally you'd be sewing anti-gun rhetoric, but not in this case when its a women who killed a man.
      so Bob, who's the bigot ?

    • Guest

      Who cares where 17 gets their info. At least they don't hype it like those idiots at "24 hour news 8". Terry the drama queen Deboer, Brian have another cocktail sterling… Fucking drunk. Susan kick start her vibrator shaw, jack off doles, Laura I look like a Star Trek alien Velasquez, Leon the chimp Hendrix, Kyle thunder wood, then then dumpy field anchors they've got. They oughta be called "hype team 8"

  • Guest

    And if indeed this story is as it appears, WHO IN THE HELL CARES? Abused woman shoots and kills husband dead. Some people call it karma. I call it thinning the herd. The guy got what he had coming. He's dead. He was dead last night when 3 & 8 reported it. He was dead this morning when 17 reported it. Who cares??????

    • Jen from Burr Oak

      You are literally clueless, aren't you ?!!! Find a new hobby – commenting on things you know absolutely NOTHING about is detrimental to society. Oh wait, my whoops, I'm sure you DON"T CARE. I can't even believe I am exerting the energy to reply because you probably feed on it, not being self aware enough to realize you are a complete moron. You poor anonymous thing, continue on, just know, you are laughable at best.

  • Jen from Burr Oak

    @ Guest – only an insecure douchebag would leave such pathetic comments & not have the balls to even attach their name. I almost feel sorry for you, almost !!! SMH

  • Thank you...

    Thank you Jen. Ignorance is everywhere. Makes you wonder how pathetic this "guest's" life really is, feeding this much energy into people he/she has no clue about. This couple wasn't even married (thank God)!! And he was a really great guy, and an even better father, but if you're from Burr Oak, you already knew that. :)