Details of how an Atlantic City woman was killed in May shocked her loved ones Monday during the first court appearance of her alleged killer.

David J. Williams, 48, used his hands and a telephone cord to strangle Siddiqah Bryant, Superior Court Judge Michael Donio read from the complaint.

There was a loud gasp from a family member when the judge read that  the cord was used, while several others started to cry. Outside the courtroom, one woman was inconsolable.

“He didn’t need to do that,” she cried.

Bryant, 23, was found dead May 17, in the back of a van she used that was parked near the Atlantic City Bus Terminal.

She had been reported missing earlier in the day.

Investigators found evidence implicating Williams and then tracked him to Sinton, Texas, where he was arrested July 30 and charged with murder, the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office previously announced.

In court, Williams said he had seen a copy of the charges against him and had already applied for a public defender.

The one-count complaint against him lists the case as “domestic violence — confidential.” Her family has previously said the mother of two knew her attacker, but they were not in a relationship.

Williams was extradited from Texas last week and has been in the Atlantic County Justice Facility since Friday. He is being held on $1 million full cash bail.

Contact Lynda Cohen:


Follow Lynda Cohen on Twitter @LyndaCohen