Indictment Finally Arrives for Killer of Indiana Tourist Staying at Bushwick AirBnB

Kings County Supreme Court at 360 Adams St. Photo: Rob Abruzzese/Brooklyn Eagle

BUSHICK — Justice may finally come for an Indiana tourist who was fatally shot while staying at a Bushwick AirBnB on vacation in Brooklyn.

District Attorney Eric Gonzalez announced on Friday that the defendant, William Freeman, 26, of Gravesend, has been arraigned for murder. Freeman allegedly shot Ethan Williams, 20, while Williams was sitting on a front porch in Bushwick, according to the Kings County District Attorney’s Office.

“Ethan Williams was a kind and compassionate young man who had his whole life ahead of him,” Gonzalez said. “His visit to New York was the culmination of a lifelong dream and his untimely and needless death is horrific and heartbreaking. I hope this lawsuit brings some comfort to his family as we seek to translate this accused in court.

Williams was an Indiana University student staying in Brooklyn at an AirBnB at 42 Eldert St. in Bushwick while on vacation. He and his friends were sitting outside on the front porch of the Brooklyn AirBnB around 2:30 a.m. when Freeman allegedly opened fire on the group. Williams was shot in the chest and died from his injuries, prosecutors say.

Freeman appeared before Kings County Supreme Court Judge Vincent Del Giudice on the indictment charging him with two counts of second-degree murder and two counts of second-degree criminal possession of a armed. He is being held without bond and will return to court on February 24, 2023. Freeman faces up to 25 years in prison if convicted.

Freeman wasn’t arrested until Nov. 3 near 480 Knickerbocker St. when police pulled over a car he was a passenger in. Prosecutors say Freeman admitted to shooting because he believed someone in Williams’ group had killed his cousin weeks before.

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