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Chicago Man in Wig, Halter Top Shot Love Rival at Dice Game

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By Cynthia Hsu, Esq. on July 26, 2011 6:42 AM

Let's think of some creative disguises: a fake nose, a mustache? What about women's clothes on a man? While it probably works as a pretty good disguise, it's not every day that a man in drag shoots his love rival. Lepaul Williams, 35, allegedly donned women's clothing in order to disguise himself from his victim.

Williams, from a neighborhood in Chicago, got into an argument with his victim, also his neighbor, earlier in the day before the shooting occurred. The argument was about his ex-girlfriend, the Chicago Tribune reports.

Apparently, after the argument, Williams got to thinking about a plan to get close to his neighbor. That's when he put on his disguise: a black wig, pink halter top and blue pajama pants, reports the Chicago Tribune.

The disguise worked, strangely enough. He managed to get close to the victim, Bryan Stalling, who was shooting dice with another group of men. Williams then shot Stalling in the chest, smashed Stalling's car and set it on fire. He then pulled off the wig and made some threatening remarks to the men who had just a few moments ago were playing dice, according to the Chicago Tribune.

Williams then locked himself into his own house and was extracted by a SWAT team. Stalling was taken to the hospital. Stalling's godmother, a neighbor, said that she had never seen Williams in women's clothing before.

Williams was charged with attempted murder and aggravated battery with a firearm, reports the Chicago Sun-Times.

Most attempt crimes have two requirements, that the perpetrator has the intent to commit the crime and that they take a step toward completion of the crime. In Williams' case, it seems that shooting the victim in the chest probably demonstrates he intended to kill - and that he took a very substantial step toward the completion of that crime.

And, even though the facts are odd - a man in drag shoots his love rival - Lepaul Williams' alleged crimes are violent, which is probably why he is being held on a $2 million bail, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

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