In an example of life imitating art imitating life, or something approximating that, a 19-year-old facing a double capital murder charge plugged his own Instagram while being questioned by a gaggle of reporters.
Kiernan Christopher Williams of San Antonio was allegedly at a bar called Ventura when he shot dead two fellow patrons. The arrest affidavit quotes witnesses as stating that Williams was fighting with one of the victims before the shooting.
One witness said they saw Williams “intentionally shoot [the victim]. The Defendant continued to fire his weapon into the crowded venue causing several victims to be struck by gunfire.”
As two cops conveyed a handcuffed Williams through a parking garage on the way to a police car, the alleged murderer spoke candidly to reporters.
“He [the victim] told me he was gonna kill me,” Williams said. “He told me because I bumped into him he was gonna kill me.”
He added, “Don’t worry about me. I’m gonna be alright.” Then came the money shot:
“Man, y’all gotta follow me on Instagram: _32baby.k9_. That’s me. Actually I’m an upcoming artist.”
One reporter responded by asking Williams if he realized the gravity of the charges leveled against him.
Williams: “I do realize my charge of capital murder.”
Reporter: “Do you think you’ll ever be able to listen to your music again?”
Williams: “I bet you I will—self-defense, sir.”
Asked if he had any regrets, Williams said, “On the cool, I regret everything that I did. No lie. I do.”
Reporter: “Do you know them [the victims]? Are you friends? Do you know them? Had you seen them before?”
Williams: “Yes, sir.”
Reporter: “Why did you feel like you had to pull the trigger?”
Williams: “Because he pulled a gun on me.”
Reporter: “Did he ever fire the gun?”
Williams: “No, sir. He didn’t have a chance.”
End of interview.
This reminds me of one of the Scream films. Specifically the end of the second one, in which Mickey (Timothy Olyphant) articulates his motive for the murders he committed. Here’s a extract from his manic soliloquy:
“This is just the beginning, a prelude to the trial. That’s where the real fun is, because these days it’s allll about the trial. … I’ll get Dershowitz or Cochran to represent me. … People love a good trial. It’s like theater, they’re dying for it. And I’ve worked hard to give the audience what they want.”
Doubtless, _32baby.k9_ has considerably more followers now than it did before Williams murdered those people in the bar. There’s your motive. Wes Craven was a modern day prophet.