Police reports describe bizarre behavior of suspect accused of killing postal worker

SHREVEPORT, La. — Mental instability and drug addiction are expected to be factors in the prosecution of the Shreveport man accused of shooting and killing a postal worker as he was delivering mail at a townhouse complex last year.

Michael Gentry, 32, is facing both state and federal charges in the slaying of postal worker Antonio Williams, who was shot in June as he delivered mail to the residence of his accused killer. Police said Gentry, who was in the living room, picked up a high-powered rifle and fired four shots through the front door, hitting the 52-year-old Williams twice.

Prosecutors describe the victim as being in the wrong place at the wrong time and the accused as a methamphetamine user in a state of paranoia. Court documents filed by prosecutors this week say Gentry told police he had been on the phone with a man who was unhappy with a computer he had bought from Gentry and was intimidating him. Gentry did not know who was on the other side of the door when he started shooting, prosecutors said.

Gentry was arraigned in U.S. District Court Thursday afternoon on charges of murder of the federal employee, being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm and using a firearm in a crime of violence. He pleaded not guilty to all three charges.

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