NEWARK — A woman in county jail on accusations that she killed a girlfriend she was once arrested with has died, officials confirmed.
Turqoise Williams, 30, a Newark woman arrested on murder, witness tampering, weapons, and other charges on May 5, died while in the Essex County Correctional Facility on Oct. 22, a spokeswoman for the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office confirmed.
The cause and manner of her death are pending the results of a medical examiner’s report, Chief Assistant Prosecutor Thomas Fennelly said Wednesday. She did not die by hanging, authorities confirmed.
Authorities confirmed Williams was arrested in the April 28 killing of Virdea Beard, who was shot multiple times while standing on the porch of a residence on the 200 block of North 9th Street in Newark.
During a hearing in May, an assistant prosecutor asking the court to keep Williams jailed pending trial described Beard’s killing as a “domestic violence case, strictly speaking,” noting she had been called Williams’ “girlfriend slash described as wife,” according to an audio transcript reviewed by NJ Advance Media.