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William Smith

INDIANAPOLIS (February 25th, 2015) —  A man charged in the murder of a woman who was shot and driven to the City-County Building made his first court appearance on Wednesday.

Police say William Smith pulled up outside the CCB with a damaged truck and a severely injured woman inside on Feb. 11. He also had a handgun and about $30,000. Smith told police that several people had fired shots at his truck at a different location, but police say evidence does not match that story.

Investigators believe the victim, Azya Knowles, was shot inside the truck. She died days later. Smith told police that he drove Knowles downtown immediately following the shooting, but a local pastor told FOX59 news that he saw the damaged truck drive by his church hours before it arrived at the CCB.

Smith’s lawyer did not want to comment on the case. Prosecutors couldn’t say much on Wednesday, but Deputy Prosecutor Jessica Riley says they’re still looking into a motive.

“The fact that the suspect drove up to the City-County building in a vehicle that had obviously had damage to it, that’s unique in it self. It’s going to be an interesting case,” Riley said.

Knowles’ family told FOX59 that Smith’s arrest brought some closure to their family.

Smith is scheduled to be back in court on April 28th.

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