2 arrested in triple shooting at Pine Hills apartment


ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. - Orange County investigators said two men are in custody for a triple shooting that killed two people and left another in serious condition at a Pine Hills apartment complex last week.

On Saturday night, deputies confirmed that James Stewart, the man behind an 11-hour standoff Friday, was wanted for the deaths of Ron Williams and Amanda Johnson at the Misty Oaks apartments Tuesday.

WFTV found out another man, David Lopez, was arrested by U.S. marshals in North Carolina for the same killings.

Deputies said they are not looking for any more suspects.

Ron Williams’ family said the news of two arrests has brought them some comfort.

“We know that we can’t bring Ron back, but the next best thing to console us is to know this person is off the street,” said Ron Williams’ sister, Crystle Williams.

It took an 11-hour standoff Friday to arrest Stewart, who was found in an air handler of an Orange County home.

“He was hiding in the attic in a crawl space. As soon as it was obvious to him he had nowhere to go, he gave up,” said Jerry Demings, with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office.

Stewart’s rap sheet includes 11 arrests in 2012.

He was charged with first-degree murder, tampering with a witness and possession of a concealed weapon by a convicted felon.

Crystle Williams said she doesn’t know why someone would harm her brother.

“He’s loving. He never had any enemies. He wasn’t involved in any type of street activities, so that’s why it came as such a shock to us, because we couldn’t understand why someone would do this to him,” she said.

She also said the only fault Ron Williams may have had is being too trusting.

“The thing Ron is guilty of it opening the door to someone that was familiar to him,” Crystle Williams said.

The family said Ron Williams knew one of the people involved in the shooting since childhood and they believe he was taken advantage of by that person.

His funeral is next Saturday.

Stewart is scheduled to appear in court Sunday.

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