UPDATE: Jury Recommends 23-Year Sentence

Defendant Charged WIth Trying To Kill Deputy

Posted: July 1, 2014

Daily News-Record

UPDATE 9:52 p.m. Jury recommends Williams spends 23 years in prison.

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UPDATE 7:56 p.m. Jury finds Williams guilty on all charges. Sentencing phase to begin shortly.

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UPDATE: 4:46 p.m.: Jury deliberations have started.

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The trial of an Elkton man charged with firing a gun at a sheriff's deputy responding to his home in August is underway in Rockingham County Circuit Court this morning.

Wesley Adam Williams, 29, is charged with felony attempted capital murder of a police officer and felony possession of a firearm. He faces up to life in prison if convicted.

On Aug. 6, about 8:10 p.m., Rockingham County sheriff's deputies responded to a domestic dispute at the defendant's home in the 3000 block of Rodney Lane, a gravel road west of Berrytown, near Shenandoah National Park. Deputies say the dispute involved Williams' girlfriend and a neighbor.

Deputies say that Williams rode toward the deputies on a horse, dismounted, ran at them and fired a handgun at one before running off into the woods.

No officers were hit by the gunfire and they did not return fire.

Authorities searched for the man for hours but left the scene when it got dark. Williams later showed up at Sentara RMH Medical Center to be treated for minor injuries.

Deputies said a search of Williams' home uncovered several weapons.

He is being held without bond at Rockingham County Jail.

Contact Pete DeLea at 574-6278 or pdelea@dnronline.com



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