PONTIAC, MI — A woman who called 911 to report that her 36-year-old boyfriend had been fatally shot has been charged with murdering him herself.
Marita Talley, 34, was arraigned Tuesday on first-degree murder and gun charges in connection with the death of William Bell, according to the Oakland County sheriff’s office. Bell’s body was found Friday on a sofa in the couple’s home in Pontiac, a suburb of Detroit.
Talley was arrested after investigators reportedly found a gun and spent shell casings near Bell’s body. Bell had been shot 15 times.
Bell had taken Talley in after they met two years ago. When she told him she was homeless, he offered her a place to stay with him. According to Bell’s family, the couple had broken up a week before the shooting, after Bell discovered Talley’s criminal history.
Bell’s aunt doesn’t have a high opinion of Talley, saying, “When I met her I got the vibe the devil was all up on her. She was evil.”
The sheriff’s office says that Talley has a criminal history that includes charges of assault with a dangerous weapon, larceny in a building, and assaulting a prison employee. The Oakland Press reports that one of her past infractions was related to prostitution. She has spent time in prison, and was discharged from parole in 2016.
Talley was arraigned on Tuesday and is charged with one count of first-degree homicide, two counts of possession of a firearm in commission of a felony, and possession of a firearm by a felon. The murder charge alone carries a penalty of up to life in prison. She’s currently being held without bond. Her next court appearance is scheduled for May 24.
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Main photo: Marita Talley [Oakland County Sheriff’s Office]