Crime

East Macon victim's brother arrested, charged with murder

 

Alton Williams enters the courtroom inside the Bibb County Law Enforcement Center for his first appearance hearing Thursday. was arrested Wednesday and charged with murder in the killing of his brother, Harry Lee Williams, last week at the home.
Alton Williams enters the courtroom inside the Bibb County Law Enforcement Center for his first appearance hearing Thursday. was arrested Wednesday and charged with murder in the killing of his brother, Harry Lee Williams, last week at the home. wmarshall@macon.com

More than a week after Harry Lee Williams was found dead in the den of his home from a gunshot wound to the chest, his 62-year-old brother has been arrested and charged with his murder.

Alton Williams spoke few words aside from asking for a commitment hearing at his first appearance in Bibb County Magistrate Court on Thursday. He was arrested Wednesday evening at the home in east Macon he shared with his brother, who was slain Feb. 23.

A Macon-Bibb County fire lieutenant discovered Harry Williams' body, slumped back on a couch in the den, that afternoon shortly after his brother called 911 to report someone having a heart attack about 3:20 p.m., according to an incident report from the sheriff's office.

When deputies arrived, Alton Williams and his sister were sitting on the front porch of the lakeside home on Joseph Waller Drive.

The sister told deputies she went to the house about 11 a.m. the day of the killing and asked Alton Williams about the whereabouts of their brother. He told her Harry Williams was "back there asleep as always," the report said.

Upon seeing Harry unresponsive, his sister said she "shook him and told him to get up," according to the report. "He was cold. I told my brother to call 911."

Alton Williams told deputies that his brother hadn't slept much the night before and kept going in and out of the house until about 4:30 a.m., according to the report.

"I never heard a gunshot," Alton Williams told deputies, according to the report. "He had to be shot somewhere else."

There was a shotgun on the floor to the right of the couch against a wall, behind an end table. Alton Williams said it was his and hadn't been fired in a long time, according to the report. Deputies noted that gun didn't appear to be involved in the killing.

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