Three brothers lived together in an east Macon lakeside house until late February when one of them was shot. A week later, a second brother was charged with murder and taken to jail.
Before his death, 57-year-old Harry Lee Williams had spent some time in a drug rehabilitation facility and later moved in with his brothers after returning to Macon, attorney Franklin J. Hogue said during a Thursday Bibb County Superior Court hearing at the county jail.
Hogue represents Williams’ brother, 63-year-old Alton Williams, who is charged with murder in the case. Williams was granted a $75,000 bond Thursday with conditions that he can’t live in a house with guns or possess guns while he’s on bond.
Prosecutor Che'ferre Young said there was tension between the two men. Harry Williams owed his brother Alton money, and Alton did not approve of his brother’s drug use, Young said.
A sister went to the house on Joseph Waller Drive, near Lake Arrowhead and Bowden Golf Course, about 11 a.m. Feb. 23. She checked on Harry Williams after realizing he’d been sleeping for a long time.
After trying to wake him, she realized he was cold and told one of her brothers to call 911, according to a Bibb County Sheriff’s Office report.
A firefighter, responding to the 911 call, discovered Harry Williams had been shot in the chest. He was slumped back on a sofa.
Soon after the body was discovered, Alton Williams told Bibb County deputies that Harry Williams hadn’t slept much the night before and had been in and out of the house until about 4:30 a.m., according to the report.
“I never heard a gunshot,” he told deputies, according to the report. “He had to be shot somewhere else.”
I never heard a gunshot ... He had to be shot somewhere else.
What Alton Williams told Bibb County deputies, according to a sheriff’s office report
Hogue, in his argument for a judge to set bond for Alton Williams, said his client denies killing his brother.
He said witnesses have reported seeing Harry Williams being dropped off at the house by someone in a small, white car the night before his body was discovered.
“That was the last known person to have been with his brother,” Hogue said.
Young said Bibb County deputies tracked down the driver of the car, a friend of Alton Williams who was introduced to Harry by Alton.
At some point after Harry Williams was shot, witnesses saw Alton Williams and the driver having a public altercation, each blaming the other for the death, she said.
Young said authorities found the alleged murder weapon — a shotgun — in the living room where Harry Williams was found dead.
Alton Williams owns several guns and is the only person who had access to them, she said.
He slept in a room in the house with a lock because he had the guns, Young said.
Hogue argued his client — who doesn’t have a criminal record — has strong ties to Macon because he is a lifelong resident, has family ties and has worked in construction in town all his life.
He said several of Alton Williams’ family members, including one of his brothers, were watching the hearing on closed-circuit TV from another room at the jail.
Addressing the family support, Young said, “They are going to support their brother no matter what.”
Information from Telegraph archives was used in this report.