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Woman who gunned down jealous sister’s perceived romantic rival outside of nightclub gets decades behind bars

Woman who gunned down jealous sister’s perceived romantic rival outside of nightclub gets decades behind bars

A 25-year-old woman in Indiana will spend several decades behind bars for killing a woman, gunning her down outside of a nightclub because the shooter’s sister was jealous over how much attention the victim was getting from the ex-boyfriend of the shooter’s sister. Marion County Superior Court Judge Jeffrey L. Marchal ordered Arieal Smith to serve a sentence of 48 years in a state correctional facility for the 2022 slaying of Secoya Williams, court records reviewed by Law&Crime show.

In addition to murder, a jury in Indianapolis also found her guilty on charges of felony pointing a firearm at another person and carrying a handgun without a license, though the latter charge was later vacated by the court. Marchal specifically sentenced Smith to 47 years on the murder charge and one year on the pointing a firearm charge, with the sentences to run consecutively, meaning one after the other.

The shooter’s sister, 29-year-old Ebonie Parks, was also arrested in connection with Williams’ murder as she drove the vehicle used to flee the scene of the shooting. She was found guilty on one count of assisting a criminal in the commission of a murder and subsequently ordered to remain in home detention for two years.

Arieal Smith and Ebonie Parks (IMPD)

Arieal Smith and Ebonie Parks (Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Dept.)

According to a news release from the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, officers with the department’s Northwest District at about 1:30 a.m. on Feb. 25, 2022, responded to an emergency call about a person being shot outside of Club Kalakutah, a nightclub located in the 4700 block of Century Plaza Road. Upon arriving at the scene, first responders located a 25-year-old female in the club parking lot — later identified as Williams — who was suffering from injuries that appeared to be consistent with a gunshot wound to the torso.

Emergency Medical Services rushed Williams to a local hospital for treatment. Unfortunately, she succumbed to her wounds shortly after arriving at the facility and was pronounced dead.

Court documents obtained by Indianapolis Fox affiliate WXIN provided additional details about the incident.

The station reported that interviews with multiple witnesses at the scene revealed that Smith and Williams had gotten into an altercation inside of the club.