Texas woman killed after refusing to let man use her cellphone

Posted at 9:37 AM, Apr 23, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-23 09:37:42-04

HOUSTON (KTRK/CNN) – A man in Houston is accused of fatally shooting a woman over a cellphone.

Wendell Williams thought he was hearing firecrackers, but his son ran into their home and said otherwise.

"My son came in and he was like, 'Daddy, did you hear that? I was like, 'yeah son, it's probably fireworks.' And he said, 'No, because I heard a lady screaming.' So that's what made me come outside," Williams said.

Williams ran outside and saw his neighbor on the concrete. He and another neighbor tried to save her.

"We flipped her over and proceeded to try to do CPR but it didn't work,” Williams said.

It was too late, and neighbors said her mother and young son saw her on the sidewalk lifeless.

Police believe the suspect 28-year-old Dondrick Flagg asked to use 29-year-old Tiffany McKnight’s cell phone. Flagg has been charged with capital murder.

They say there was a struggled when she refused, and he dragged her from her car and shot her.

"It could have been a robbery. Don't know. There was a struggle. He may have been trying to get the cell phone and couldn't get it," said Keith Lovelace, of the Houston police.

Flagg allegedly tossed the gun during the escape, but police say they later found him and the gun.

But now a little boy will never get his mother back.

"That was really sad, and I've been thinking about that all day and how she laid there you know, in the rain and stuff. It's pretty heartbreaking," Williams said.

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