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Not Guilty Plea by Suspect in Fatal Motel Shooting

Not Guilty Plea by Suspect in Fatal Motel Shooting

Riverhead - (WALK) A Bay Shore man accused of killing a woman at a Bohemia motel then firing shots at responding police officers earlier this month pleaded not guilty at his arraignment Wednesday.

Stoker Olukotun Williams, 24, is accused of shooting Shalece Cunningham, 24, also of Bay Shore, in the face in a room at the MacArthur Red Carpet Inn on Veterans Memorial Highway September 7.

Police say Williams fired several shots at Suffolk police officers as he attempted to escape, but his bullets missed the mark, and his gun jammed as he fled the scene on foot.  He was soon arrested near Vet's Highway

Police say there were two other people in the motel room at the time of the fatal shooting, another woman and the woman's boyfriend.

Williams was indicted on seven charges Wednesday, including first and second degree murder, attempted murder, criminal use of a firearm, and robbery.  Prosecutors say the victim, Cunningham, was working at the motel as a prostitute, and say Williams robbed her of $1,000.  The believe he has robbed other prostitutes and urge those potential victims to come forward.

An attorney for Williams says his client has no criminal background, has a full-time job (as a snack-delivery driver), has studied criminal justice, and taken the test to become a New York City police officer.

Photo: Suffolk District Attorney



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