Gonzales woman indicted in man’s September death

A 34-year-old Gonzales woman who allegedly struck a Baton Rouge man twice with her car in a parking lot near Stanley Aubin Lane was indicted Thursday in his September death.

An East Baton Rouge Parish grand jury charged Keyon Williams, 13298 La. 74, with second-degree murder in the Sept. 5 killing of Mark Heald, 46.

The East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office has said Heald was arguing with a woman acquaintance about narcotics when the woman called a friend to pick her up. A vehicle containing several women and driven by Williams arrived soon after to pick up Heald’s acquaintance, but Heald tried to block the vehicle from leaving by standing in front of it.

Williams then drove forward, striking Heald and causing him to fall, sheriff’s officials said. Heald was able to get back up, but Williams struck him again with her vehicle, causing him to fall down and become pinned under the vehicle.

Williams is accused of then putting the vehicle in reverse, driving away and threatening to kill Heald’s acquaintance if she told anyone about the incident, sheriff’s officials stated.

An autopsy revealed Heald died after suffering blunt force trauma-related injuries.

Heald’s mother, Carol Ann Heald, has disputed authorities’ version of the story. She has said she heard from a man who claimed to have witnessed the events and said her son was not involved in a verbal argument outdoors before his death.

The case has been assigned to state District Judge Lou Daniel. Williams faces a mandatory sentence of life in prison if convicted as charged.