The U.S. Marshals Service Lone Star Fugitive Task Force arrested a man on a murder charge Wednesday in the shooting death of a 28-year-old man who was found in the parking lot of a South Waco apartment complex late last year.

Leonard Brown, 20, of Waco, was arrested on a first-degree murder charge in the Dec. 29 shooting death of Eric Lavelle Williams. Waco police Officer Garen Bynum confirmed Thursday that Brown is charged with murder in Williams’ death.

Police previously reported Williams and two men may have been involved in an argument before Williams was shot. Brown was the only man in custody Thursday charged in Williams’ death.

Police received a report of gunfire shortly before noon on Dec. 29 at the Costa Esmeralda Apartments, 1516 Gurley Lane. Williams was found lying in the parking lot suffering from at least one gunshot wound, police said.

McLennan County Justice of the Peace W.H. “Pete” Peterson pronounced Williams dead at a local hospital. An autopsy report lists the cause of death as homicide.

Authorities arrested Brown at a residence on South 18th Street at about 7 p.m. Wednesday. He remained in McLennan County Jail on Thursday with bond listed at $300,000.

Kristin Hoppa has been covering public safety and breaking news for the Tribune-Herald since January 2016. She worked in Northwest Missouri covering crime-related issues before her move to Central Texas. She is a University of Kansas graduate.

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