Walter Williamson, of Pine Forest Drive, has been charged with the Wednesday murder of Richard Williams on North Avalon Drive. Williamson was charged with Murder and Possession of a Firearm During a Violent Crime. Bond on the firearms charge was set at $500,000. No bond was set on the murder charge.
We found no criminal history for the victim, but Williamson does have a bit of a past.
2nd Degree Lynching - Dismiss at the request of the victim.
Unlawful Carrying of a Pistol - Plead guilty. Sentenced by Judge Deadra Jefferson to 1 year or a $100 fine. Williamson paid the fine after the judge gave him a month to come up with the money.
PWID Crack Cocaine - Reduced to Possession of Crack by the 9th Circuit Solicitor. Sentenced by Judge Roger Young to 3 years, suspended in favor of 18 months of probation.
Distribution of Crack Cocaine - Plead guilty. Sentenced by Judge Roger Young to 3 years, suspended in favor of 18 months of probation, concurrent with the sentence for the reduced charge above.
Note: Williamson was free on bond on the 2010 crack distribution charge when he was arrested for the same offense in 2011. Now you see why Lowcountry criminals have no fear of committing additional offenses while free on bond.
Maybe now that Williamson has stepped up to murder he will be put away for a while. We shall wait and see.