Man found guilty in shooting death of woman in Wyoming

Kent County
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WYOMING, Mich. (WOOD) — A jury found a man guilty in the shooting death of a mother of five children during New Year’s party in Wyoming.

LaDale Williams-Nelson was found guilty Friday of open murder, domestic violence and felony use of a firearm in connection to the death of his girlfriend, 25-year-old Leticia Vela.

Witnesses had testified the couple was arguing when Williams-Nelson began hitting and choking Vela. They said Williams-Nelson grabbed his guns and then Vela pulled on his hooded sweatshirt, demanding he give her his cigarettes.

Kent County Medical Examiner Stephen Cohle testified Vela had bruises and cuts all over her body and was shot once in the left eye at extremely close range.

Police K-9s tracked Williams-Nelson a mile away from the Wyoming Park neighborhood home after the 4 a.m. crime.

Williams-Nelson has been in prison before for domestic violence. This is his third such offense.

He is scheduled to be sentenced on June 4.

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