BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — The arraignment of a man accused of opening fire on a Greyhound bus, killing one person and injuring five others, was postponed Wednesday so his public defender could check for conflicts of interest in representing him.
Anthony Devonte Williams, 33, is being held without bail on a charge of first-degree murder and five counts of attempted murder following Monday morning’s shooting on a bus traveling from Los Angeles to the Bay Area.
Deputy Public Defender Paul Cadman said he plans to request a gag order in the case where he and prosecutor Courtney Lewis, who also appeared for the hearing, would agree to not speak to the media.
He’s next due in court Feb. 13.
The shooting occurred around 1:30 a.m. as the bus traveled north on Interstate 5, south of Fort Tejon Road. Passengers managed to disarm Williams, according to the California Highway, and the driver stopped as Williams was forced out of the vehicle.
Officers found Williams minutes later on the right shoulder of the highway and took him into custody without incident.
Lurbis Elena Vence, 51, of Molino, Colombia, died in the shooting, authorities said.