BAY CITY (WJRT) -
(05/27/14) - In Bay City, a man just released from prison two months ago now faces a new murder charge.
Tuesday, the prosecutor said in court that 24-year-old Cruz Hinds admitted to shooting and killing 38-year-old Alfred Charles Watts III, Saturday morning. Watts' family says he goes by "Charles".
Both Watts' family and Hinds' family packed the Bay City courtroom Tuesday afternoon. We learned a lot more about both men.
Hinds was released from prison on March 26 for assault with a dangerous weapon. He's also spent time in prison for stealing cars.
Kurt Asbury, Bay County prosecutor, says Hinds has admitted to getting into a fight with someone, pulling out his gun - and shooting as that person ran away.
"Was shot multiple times," Asbury said. "He drew his weapon and started firing."
Asbury says Watts was hit five times - in the head, back and chest - outside Tubby's Pub Saturday morning.
"It's our understanding that the person that he actually shot was not the person her had an altercation with. And unfortunately, the victim in this case was shot multiple times," Asbury said.
"We know that there were a lot of people inside the business at that time, and who fled the area. So we're looking for any and all information we can get," said Capt. Joseph Lanava, Bay City Police Department.
"I just want to know this shouldn't of happened. He has children, he has a baby that's on the way," said Deeana Rybkowski.
Rybkowski's daughter, Ashley Herzberg, and Charles are having a baby together. She's due in August.
"Everybody loved him. He was nice to everyone. Kept a smile on his face all the time," Herzberg said.
Like Hinds, Watts had spent time in prison - but friends and family believe that was all behind him.
"And when he came out, he was a better man," Rybkowski said.
Hinds is charged with open murder and five gun charges for Watts' death. Even so, Rybkowski says she feels for everyone involved.
"I don't hate the man that did it. I don't. But it's going to take time, the healing's going to take time," she said.
Watts' family plans to bury the 38 year old next week.
They are trying to raise money for his funeral. You can find that fundraiser, HERE.