Man convicted of murder in fatal shooting nearly 8 years later

Amite, LA- A Tangipahoa Parish jury deliberated nearly three hours before convicting Jermaine Williams of second-degree murder for a fatal shooting which occurred nearly a decade ago, according to District Attorney Scott M. Perrilloux.

This was the second trial for Williams after a jury failed to reach a verdict in 2018.

On June 17, 2015, Williams shot a victim in the back seven times in the parking lot of a Dollar General off of Hwy 51 in Amite, according to Perrilloux. Emergency services arrived on the scene three minutes following the incident but the victim died on the scene.

When the Amite Police Department responded to the scene, Williams walked toward the officer saying, “I had to do it. I had to protect myself, he had brass knuckles.”

The officer patted him down and confiscated a nine millimeter magazine from his pocket with seven bullets in it. The gun and Williams’ five children were all in the vehicle which was pulled behind the rear of the victim’s girlfriend’s vehicle.

The victim’s girlfriend’s vehicle was parked in a parking spot in front of the Dollar General and the neighboring building, which the victim was working construction for.

The victim’s girlfriend explained the victim and Williams had a tumultuous history- which was becoming more volatile.

She continued to explain she came to visit the victim after her work. She was seated in the driver’s seat and the victim was leaning on the passenger door.

While standing outside the vehicle, the victim went to get a cigarette from her purse in the back seat. She claimed, at this point, Williams drove toward them, began to threaten the victim with a gun and then began shooting the gun.

She heard multiple gunshots and saw the victim collapse. It was later determined that one of the gunshot wounds to the victim’s back severed his spinal column and rendered him paralyzed from the chest down.

From the time Williams checked out at the Dollar General to the time of the victim’s death three minutes and 21 seconds had passed. No brass knuckles were found;

On June 17, 2015, Williams was arrested for second-degree murder.

Williams is scheduled to appear in court for sentencing on May 3.

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