Man who drove murder victim to CCB receives 62-year sentence
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Mar. 7, 2016)– An Indianapolis man convicted in the 2015 murder of a woman was sentenced Monday to 62 years in jail.
Police found Azya Knowles, 20, inside a bullet-riddled pickup truck in downtown Indianapolis on February 11, 2015. Police arrested William Smith on a gun charge in connection with the case. Knowles died two days later.
Smith was found guilty last month of murder, carrying a handgun without a permit and possession of marijuana.
According to court documents, Smith drove to the City-County Building. An officer noticed a handgun in Smith’s hand, so the officer drew his weapon and told the truck to stop. Smith complied and was immediately taken into custody. Police said Smith disclosed he had $30,000 in the vehicle and that he had been chased and shot at by unknown people.
Police said Smith’s story about a shooting in the area of Michigan and Lynn Streets was unfounded.