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MAN CHARGED WITH THREATENING CHILD WITNESS

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March 7, 2002 – Police arrested a St. Joseph and Rosendahl man Wednesday and charged him with threatening to kill a child who was a witness in the November shooting death of Bertha C. Boschulte Middle School student Alphonso Blyden III and is expected to testify in court about what transpired.
Leroy Williams, 21, was charged Wednesday with retaliating or threatening a witness.
Territorial Court Judge Brenda Hollar found probably cause on Thursday to uphold the charge. Williams was expected to be released upon posting $50,000 bail.
Alphonso — who is identified in court records as "Alphonse" and as being 13, although reports at the time gave his name as Alphonso and his age as 12 — was killed last Nov. 3 at a home in St. Joseph and Rosendahl. Police have charged Williams' girlfriend, Karema Thompson, with involuntary manslaughter in the boy's death, saying she accidentally shot him in the home, where he had gone to visit a friend.
According to an affidavit signed by Police Det. Mario Stout, the minor witness, who has not been identified, was speaking on the telephone with Alphonso when Alphonso told the witness Thompson was playing with "a tool," Stout wrote. The witness then heard the sound of a gunshot and Thompson's voice calling the boy's name and pleading for him to "hold on."
Stout wrote that he later overheard Thompson telling the mother of the witness to tell her child not to tell police about what the child had heard over the telephone.
The detective's affidavit further states that the witness told detectives that on Feb. 27, Williams slowly drove a white Jeep past the witness's home in the Tutu Hi-Rise community. According to the child, Stout said, Williams gestured as if he were holding a gun, pointed at the witness and then made a motion as if he were firing the weapon.
Since then, Stout wrote, the witness has been afraid to stay home alone or to walk to the bus stop to go to school.

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