Winston-Salem man convicted in 2013 fatal shooting

William Darius Aikens Jr.

A Winston-Salem man was convicted Wednesday morning on charges he fired a gun several times into a car, killing a man inside who was waiting for a friend outside an apartment complex, the Winston-Salem Journal reported.

William Darius Aikens Jr., 33, pleaded guilty in Forsyth Superior Court to one count of voluntary manslaughter, one count of possession of a firearm by a felon and one count of discharging a firearm into an occupied vehicle while in operation.

 Aikens had initially been charged with first-degree murder and was later indicted on a charge of second-degree murder. The charges stemmed from the fatal shooting of Michael Denard Brutan, 43, on Aug. 25, 2013.

Judge Richard Doughton of Forsyth Superior Court sentenced Aikens to a total of seven years to 10 years and four months in prison.

Assistant District Attorney Ben White said in court that Aikens fired six shots into Bruton’s car. Two bullets hit Bruton, who was able to drive his car a short distance before crashing into a tree stump.