‘Daddy did it to mommy, and mommy is dead’: Man allegedly kills girlfriend in front of children


Derrick Bargman-Williams

Cops in Florida on Wednesday responded after Derrick Bargman-Williams, inset, allegedly shot his girlfriend to death at their Miramar, Florida, home in front of their children. He’s facing a murder charge. (Screenshot from WTVJ/YouTube; Broward County Jail)

A Florida man allegedly shot and killed his girlfriend in front of their two young children.

Broward County court records show 28-year-old Derrick Feliciano Bargman-Williams is facing a murder charge. Miramar police officers received a ShotSpotter call about seven shots fired around 8:20 a.m. on Wednesday. Police found the victim, 25-year-old Jessica Frankel Singleton, lying on her side, unresponsive outside her home next to a car. Paramedics took Singleton to the hospital where she died.

The arrest affidavit said Bargman-Williams and Singleton had been arguing all night and in the morning when it turned into a fight. The skirmish carried outside and that’s when Bargman-Williams reportedly pulled out a gun and shot Singleton in the chest, the document said. He then continued to shoot her in the torso and back as she tried to flee, the affidavit said. The couple’s children, ages 4 and 1, witnessed the ordeal, cops said.

“Daddy did it to mommy, and mommy is dead,” one of the children reportedly told an officer.

A door camera caught Bargman-Williams running away with his son chasing behind him, yelling “Daddy, Daddy, Daddy,” the affidavit said. He continued to run away, causing a huge police presence to descend upon the neighborhood. Cops eventually found the accused murderer hiding behind bushes a couple of blocks away with the alleged murder weapon in his backpack.

At first, he denied to detectives that he shot Singleton but later admitted to it, the affidavit said. He’s at the Broward County Jail without bond. The Department of Children and Families will determine the placement of the children. A judge ordered that Bargman-Williams have no contact with the kids as they are witnesses to the crime, NBC affiliate WTVJ reported.

Bargman-Williams was arrested on a domestic violence charge in 2019 after he punched a pregnant Singleton in the face. Cops arrested him again about two weeks later when he allegedly violated the no-contact order. He initially gave a fake name to cops, saying he was scared of police. The Broward State Attorney’s Office dropped the domestic violence case because the victim declined to cooperate, records show.

“It is not uncommon for victims of domestic violence to be fearful about reporting allegations of abuse,” Stefanie Newman, the prosecutor in charge of the domestic violence unit, said in a statement. “The national statistics indicate that a victim of intimate partner violence will suffer abuse approximately eight times before they are willing to report the abuse, leave their abuser and/or follow through with the prosecution of the abuser. We want victims and survivors of intimate partner violence to know that our prosecutors and victim advocates, working with our partners in law enforcement, are here to help them.”


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