Krista Ackerman was sitting on the couch in her living room on the morning of April 10 when she heard talking on the porch that is shared by residents of her Bellevue duplex.
It was her neighbor, Michala Pomfret, and Michala's stepfather, Michael Williams.
Then Ackerman saw the pair in front of her picture window — and Williams was pointing a gun at Pomfret.
Ackerman heard Pomfret say, “Mike, no,” and Williams reply, “I have to.”
Then five shots, and Pomfret fell to the ground. Williams ran off.
Ackerman's account of the fatal shooting is included in an arrest warrant for Williams, the 36-year-old Bellevue man who was the estranged husband of Pomfret's mother.
Pomfret, 22, lived at the duplex at 2703 Crawford St. with her mother, Nancy Williams. Her stepfather had moved to an apartment a few blocks away about six weeks earlier.
Michael Williams is being held without bail in the Sarpy County Jail. He was charged Wednesday with first-degree murder and use of a weapon to commit a felony.
He was moved to the jail Tuesday evening, after being released from a hospital. Police found him three hours after the shooting, unconscious from a drug overdose.
Richard Hoeppner told police he was helping a friend move from a nearby home on April 10 when he saw a man he later identified as Williams fire five shots and run away. Hoeppner said that when got closer to the duplex, he saw a woman bleeding on the front porch.
Pomfret was taken to the Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, where she died two days later.
According to the affidavit, Ackerman and another neighbor gave police Williams' name. Three other witnesses, including Hoeppner, were able to pick Williams out of a photo lineup.
Williams was found inside his partially barricaded apartment and taken to the Bellevue Medical Center. He later was moved to the Nebraska Medical Center.
Officers also found a five-shot revolver inside the apartment, with all five rounds expended, according to the affidavit. Three notes in sealed envelopes — which authorities described as suicide notes — also were found.
Defense attorney James Martin Davis said Williams' parents told him that their son has had a history of psychiatric problems and, in the days before the shooting, was drinking heavily and had gone off his medication.
“This is a strange case because it's kind of a murder without a motive,” Davis said. “The issue is what was his mental state at the time.”
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