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Suspect charged for brazen execution of Crown Heights mother

Suspected murderer Claudia Williams is walked out of the 77th Precinct stationhouse Friday morning.
Photo by Lloyd Mitchell

A woman was arrested and charged on Nov. 18 for the brazen murder of a Crown Heights mother in August. 

Police arrested Claudia Williams, 42, of Allenwood, Georgia earlier this week and charged her with murder and criminal possession of a weapon in relation to the shocking killing of Delia Johnson this summer.

Williams was arrested in Jacksonville, Florida and moved to New York, where she was silent as detectives walked her out of the 77th Precinct stationhouse on Friday. 

Police say Williams shot Johnson execution-style from the back on Franklin Avenue between Prospect Place and Park Place on the evening of Aug. 4.

The incident was caught on a chilling video from a nearby security camera, which shows a woman with long blonde hair and a heavy build calmly walking up to Johnson while she chats with people gathered on the stoop of an apartment building, and shooting her several times in the head and torso. The suspect, who cops now believe to be Williams, is then seen slowly walking toward a white car and fleeing.

The gunshots sent the crowd of people gathered on the sidewalk fleeing for their lives. 

Johnson’s family members told the Daily News they believed the suspect followed Johnson from a funeral in the neighborhood she had attended earlier in the day, and that they suspected the murderer was jealous of Johnson’s success as an entrepreneur.

Williams was arraigned on Friday morning in Brooklyn Supreme Court, where she entered a plea of not guilty. She was ordered held without bail and will return to court in January. She faces up to 25 years to life in prison on the top charge. 

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