A Leflore County man has been charged with murder in the shooting death Thursday of his apparent ex-girlfriend.

The victim, Vanessa Miller, 32, lived in the W.J. Bishop Apartments, Sheriff Ricky Banks said.

Her alleged killer, 35-year-old Roy Williams Jr., also gave authorities after his arrest a Bishop Apartments address. However, Tiffany Smith, the manager at the apartment complex, said Williams did not live there.

According to Banks, Miller and Williams had been in a previous relationship.

Around 10:30 p.m. Thursday, the Sheriff’s Department received a call about a woman who had been  shot in a car, Banks said.

The sheriff said that Williams approached a car at the intersection of Coleman Street and Payton Avenue that was occupied by Miller and another woman, whom Banks did not identify.

According to Banks, Williams came up to the car and shot and killed Miller. The other woman was able to get out of the car and avoid being shot, the sheriff said.

Williams evaded local law enforcement Thursday night. According to the sheriff, Williams showed up to his grandmother’s home in Carroll County Friday morning, and from there, someone gave him a ride away from the house. Banks said that the grandmother is not suspected of helping Williams flee.

Williams wound up at a motel in Winona Friday. He was found and arrested by the Winona Police Department in the afternoon, and around 3 p.m. he was brought to Leflore County, where he was charged with murder.

Banks said Williams “really didn’t give a reason to why he did what he did.”

On Facebook, friends and family have posted on Miller’s page, where she went by Nessa Miller.

The posts described her as a loving mother and doting friend who is dearly missed.

Lashma Nix, a close friend of Miller, remembers her fondly.

“She was more than a friend. She was a sister to me,” Nix said, who knew Miller for 30 years.

“She was a sweet person, a loving person. She did not deserve this. She was a sweet person. She had a sweet heart. Everyone knew Vanessa; everyone did.”

The is the county’s fifth homicide this year.

Two were in Greenwood and three outside the city limits. All involved firearms.

• Contact Gerard Edic at 581-7239 or gedic@gwcommonwealth.com.

The original version of this article incorrectly reported the time and place of the fatal shooting.

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