RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - A man who faces murder and attempted capital murder of a law enforcement officer charges will face a jury trial in July in Richmond Circuit Court.
Police say 18-year-old James E. Williams Jr. killed 24-year-old Antoine L. Smith Jr. on Dec. 14, then shot at a police officer later that day.
The homicide happened around 5 a.m. in the 3200 block of Stockton Street. Police found Smith dead from a gunshot wound.
They also found a woman who had been shot. She was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
Just before 8:30 a.m., police say Officer Travis Dooley spotted a vehicle that matched the description of one at the scene of a shooting in Gilpin Court. When he tried to pull it over, the vehicle took off.
The vehicle stopped at a wooded area, and police say "Williams Jr. exited the vehicle and fired multiple shots from an assault-style weapon at officer Dooley, striking his cruiser."
Officer Dooley fired back, hitting Williams.
A second person in the vehicle ran off into the woods.
Williams was indicted in January on a long list of charges:
Stockton Street homicide:
- first-degree murder
- malicious wounding
- possession of a firearm of a convicted felon
- use of a firearm in the commission of a felony (x2)
- attempted capital murder of a law enforcement officer
- use of a firearm in the commission of a felony
- convicted felon possession of a firearm
Williams also faces a murder charge in a killing in Chesterfield County.
His trial in Richmond will be July 11.
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