WASHINGTON – An indictment, filed today in Superior Court in the District of Columbia, charges Tyriq Jamal Williams, 32, of Northwest Washington D.C, with first degree murder while armed in the Jan. 7, 2023, shooting death of 20-year-old Terry Clark, of Southeast Washington D.C., outside the entrance to the Navy Yard Metro Station. The indictment was announced today by U.S. Attorney Matthew M. Graves and Acting Chief Pamela Smith, of the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD).
According to the indictment, Williams and a female companion exited a Green Line Metro train at the Navy Yard Station in Southeast, where they encountered Clark on the escalator leading to the station on Half Street. Clark was bouncing on the stairs and made a fist-pumping gesture with his right hand. Williams separated from his companion at the station exit and waited next to a cement column until Clark walked by him. Williams approached Clark and shot him once in the head. Then Williams turned and walked away in the direction of his companion. He returned to the Metro alone and boarded it again at the station, leaving the area on the Green Line train.
Police responded at 7:55 p.m. and found Clark lying on the sidewalk unconscious and unresponsive in front of the Metro station entrance. A single 9 mm casing was found a few feet south of the victim’s body. Clark was pronounced dead at 8:05 p.m.
The Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force arrested Williams on Jan. 20, 2023.
A conviction of first-degree murder while armed carries a statutory minimum sentence of 30 years in prison and a maximum of life.
This case is being investigated by the MPD. It is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney John Interrante, of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia.
An indictment is merely an allegation, and all defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.
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