MUNDY TOWNSHIP, MI — The case of a Flint man accused of killing a 19-year-old woman over gas money has been bound over to Genesee County Circuit Court.
Denziel C. Williams-Boyd, 20, is charged with first-degree premeditated murder, assault with intent to murder, felon in possession of a firearm, carrying a concealed weapon and three counts of felony firearm.
If Williams-Boyd is convicted of first-degree premeditated murder, he will face a mandatory sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole.
The charges are related to the shooting death of 19-year-old Martina M. Martinez that took place shortly before 2:30 a.m. July 13, 2020 in the Torrey Hills Mobile Home Park located near Torrey and Hill roads in Mundy Township.
First responders pronounced Martinez deceased at the scene.
Leila Harmala, Martinez’s friend, said during a Thursday, June 9 preliminary hearing before Genesee County District Judge William H. Crawford that she was the sole witness to the shooting.
She testified she was in the car when Williams-Boyd had allegedly driven them back to Martinez’s sister’s house after a bonfire at a house on Flint’s south side.
Martinez called Williams-Boyd, who she referred to as “D”, and asked for a ride home, Harmala said.
Harmala identified “D” as Williams-Boyd while in the courtroom. Harmala said she had never met Williams-Boyd before that night.
Williams-Boyd picked the two women up and drove them — Martinez in the front seat and Harmala in the back — to the mobile home park where Martinez was staying with her sister.
During the drive, Harmala said Williams-Boyd asked Martinez “where is my money at?”
Harmala said Martinez responded, “You didn’t say nothing about no gas money. I don’t have any right now.”
The dispute continued after they parked at the mobile home park, Harmala said.
Harmala said Williams-Boyd pulled Martinez’s hair and she shoved him. Harmala said Martinez told her to get out of the car and go to the porch.
After Williams-Boyd sat in the car for a while, Harmala said Martinez asked him “why are you still here?” to which Williams-Boyd responded, “I’m waiting for my money.”
Martinez repeated that she didn’t have the money and said he could wait for her sister to show up, Harmala said.
Williams-Boyd then exited the car, yelling at Martinez for money, Harmala said. Martinez told him to calm down.
“He said ‘I am calm’ and she said ‘then why you got your strap pulled out on me?’ And then he shot her in the face,” Harmala said.
After the first shot, Harmala said she ran off the back steps of the porch. She then heard four more shots.
Harmala said she didn’t notice that her right calf had been grazed by a bullet.
Before hearing tires squeal off, Harmala said she screamed “You shot my sister.”
Harmala said she called 911 after the shooting.
Mathew Szabo and his son and daughter, who lived in a mobile home close to the shooting, testified that they heard gunshots, then a female voice screaming that night.
Szabo said he heard the woman’s voice scream “you shot my sister” but added that he also heard her say “you better leave, the police will be here soon.”
Harmala said that she never said Williams-Boyd should leave.
Archie Hayman, Williams-Boyd’s attorney, asked Crawford to grant bond.
“We think that the witness, quite frankly, is hiding something,” Hayman said.
Crawford denied bond, stating that, if the motive for the alleged killing was over gas money, he believes Williams-Boyd is a risk to the public.
Crawford made the motion to bind Williams-Boyd over to Genesee County Circuit Court.
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