The heartbroken dad of an Indiana vacationer gunned down on a Brooklyn stoop mentioned Friday his son would’ve tried to befriend the killer if he hadn’t opened fireplace.
Just moments after William Freeman, 26, pleaded not responsible to a second-degree murder indictment within the killing of Ethan Williams, 20, exterior his Bushwick Airbnb on Oct. 23, 2020, the sufferer’s father was requested about his slain son.
“He would’ve invited that man onto the stoop to hang around if he had not shot at him,” Jason Williams answered when requested how he desires his son remembered.
“He would’ve wished to been his good friend.”
Ethan had been dwelling out a lifelong dream to visit the Big Apple and was on the town to supply a skateboarding movie when he was fatally shot whereas sitting on a stoop with associates exterior his rented Airbnb.
Freeman managed to evade cops for greater than two years earlier than they finally busted him Nov. 3 after a automotive by which he was driving was stopped by police, prosecutors mentioned.
He allegedly confessed to the crime when he was in custody and advised cops he mistook Ethan and his buddies for a bunch that killed his cousin a couple of weeks prior.
Outside court docket, Freeman’s lawyer Jay Schwitzman mentioned his consumer gave a “false confession” and was allegedly coerced into admitting the crime after police promised he may go house if he divulged what had occurred.
“My place is that it is a false confession. Once I get the main points and have a look at it, I’m assured that on the finish of the day, you will note that guarantees have been made, both on the report or off the report, to induce him to make false statements,” mentioned Schwitzman.
He additionally questioned the energy of different proof towards his consumer.
“They say that that is such a powerful case, but two years glided by and there was no arrest of my consumer till (final week), in order that’s one other issue we will probably be taking a look at in the midst of this investigation,” the protection lawyer mentioned.
“There is not any rationalization as to why. If they’ve such a powerful case, why did they not arrest him within the two-year interval that this incident occurred? So I will probably be taking a look at that in addition to the false confession.”
Ethan’s dad and mom mentioned they’re anticipating justice.
“It’s all simply actually unhappy. We miss Ethan, we’re trying ahead to justice,” mentioned Ethan’s mother, Susan Williams.
“He was a very good child. He didn’t deserve any of this.”
Freeman was indicted on homicide and weapon possession raps final week and was remanded to Rikers Island through the temporary arraignment on the costs, the place he made no feedback past answering yes-or-no questions.
“Ethan Williams was a sort and compassionate younger man who had his entire life forward of him,” Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez mentioned in an announcement.
“His go to to New York City was the fruits of a lifelong dream and his premature and pointless dying is horrific and heartbreaking.”
Freeman’s kin didn’t touch upon the case. He’s due again in court docket Feb. 23.