Update: Star Ledger is now reporting that two law enforcement sources are confirming the murder was a drug-related robbery.
Williams came before Judge Peter J. Vasquez, who asked Williams if his lawyer, John McMahon, had reviewed the charges with him, if he understood the charges, and if his lawyer had reviewed his rights with him.
Williams, dressed in a pale blue dress shirt, answered “yes” to all of three questions.
Vasquez said the matter would go before a grand jury, and that bail was continued at $750,000.
Assistant Prosecutor Cheryl Cucinello said the case would probably go before the grand jury sometime in December.
A group of family and friends that included Williams’ brother were at the arraignment to support Williams. One friend who spoke to reporters described Williams as “kind and generous” and said he was raised by his mother alone. He added that there was a lot people didn’t know about both Williams and the victim, Brian Schiavetti. Williams’ brother declined to talk.