1.) Jeffrey Williams was caught on video in a fight outside the police station. 2.) Williams’ car was recorded driving to the location where the shots were fired 27 seconds before gunfire erupted. 3.) Prior to his arrest Jeffrey Williams gave details of how he carried out the shooting during a recorded admission to a police informant. 4.) The police found the gun with him during the arrest.
And now – Jeffrey Williams has admitted his guilt during a recorded statement at the jail.
Saint Louis […] KMOV-TV first obtained audio of several of Williams’ phone conversations from at the St. Louis County Justice Center. St. Louis County Justice Services Director Herbert Bernsen confirmed the audio is from calls made by Williams and provided The Associated Press with the sound files.
It wasn’t clear to whom Williams was speaking. In one call, Williams said he was having trouble with a group of people, prompting an exchange of gunfire.
“Nobody aiming at no police,” Williams says. “I ran up the hill and he (an unidentified person) shot at the car. … I shot back,” Williams said.
In another conversation, Williams expressed concern about a possible lengthy prison sentence.
“Even though I was in the wrong, though, I should have just went the other way,” he said. “Oh man, now I’m looking at 10 years.”
Williams’ attorney, Jerryl Christmas, has said Williams told him he never fired during the protest. Christmas told The Associated Press on Wednesday morning he hadn’t heard the audio of the phone conversations, but he stood by what Williams told him.
“My client has maintained to me that he never fired a gun that night,” Christmas said. “So until I’m able to see evidence that I can distinctly talk to him about, I have to maintain my commitment to the statements that he has made to me.”
Christmas was also critical of the justice center for releasing audio that provides potential evidence against Williams. Inmates are warned that calls are recorded and are public record. (read more)