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The man accused of shooting and killing the director of a Bronx homeless shelter on Monday night was arraigned in court on murder charges on Wednesday.

West Spruill, 39, was arraigned on charges of second-degree murder, manslaughter and criminal possession of a weapon in Bronx Supreme Court.

Spruill allegedly followed the victim, Ana Charle, to her car on Monday night after she left the Project Renewal Shelter in the Wakefield area of the Bronx, and then tried to sexually assault her. When she fled, Spruill then shot her multiple times, according to police and a criminal complaint.

Police said that after shooting Charle, Spruill was found with a .40 Smith & Wesson handgun, according to the complaint.


He is being held without bail, and will return to court on May 1.

Elected officials, including Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz, Councilman Andrew Cohen and Councilman Andy King, are planning to rally to close the shelter on Thursday afternoon.

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