May 30, 2018 12:36 pm
Updated: May 30, 2018 8:26 pm

35-year-old man charged with second-degree murder in death of Dereck Szaflarski turns self in, police say

Robert Ashley Williams, 35, is wanted on a charge of second degree murder.

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A 35-year-old London man wanted on a charge of second-degree murder in connection with the death of Dereck Szaflarski, 27, turned himself into police late Wednesday afternoon, London police said.

The news came hours after police announced an arrest warrant had been issued for Robert Ashley Williams in relation to the homicide probe. Police also issued a photograph of the accused.

Williams is set to appear in court on Thursday.

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“Investigators would like to thank members of the public who came forward to provide information about this case,” police said in a statement.

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Officers were called to the scene of Richmond Street and Piccadilly Street around 2:30 a.m. Saturday for reports of an altercation.

According to the investigation, Szaflarski and another man became involved in a physical altercation near the corner of the intersection.

During the altercation, police say the victim sustained serious injuries and later died in hospital. An unspecified weapon has not been recovered, police said. Szaflarski had been out with friends celebrating his 27th birthday.

The suspect fled the scene in a white two-door vehicle, police said. The vehicle was later located north of London and was returned to the city for examination.

Pools of blood could be seen on the sidewalk at the southeast corner of the intersection. A store window on the southwest corner of the intersection was shattered during the incident.

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A cause of death has not been released, but police say an autopsy has concluded and final results are pending.

— With files from 980 CFPL’s Jaclyn Carbone.

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