Monday, 28 March 2016 09:29

Frayser Man Convicted in Woman’s Shooting Death

MEMPHIS – March 26, 2016 - A Frayser man was convicted Saturday of first-degree murder for the shooting death of a 62-year-old woman who was struck in the back of the head while unloading groceries from her car in 2013, said Shelby County Dist. Atty. Gen. Amy Weirich.
Defendant Bryant Williamson, 27, also was convicted of the attempted first-degree murder of the man he was trying to kill when his gunshot killed Diane Ward instead.
Williamson was sentenced automatically to life in prison by Criminal Court Judge Chris Craft and will face up to 60 years when he is sentenced May 9 for the attempted murder. Williamson has three prior felony convictions.
The jury also convicted him of employing a firearm during the commission of a dangerous felony.
The shooting occurred shortly before 9 a.m. on Jan. 11, 2013, in the 2100 block of Burnham Cove in Frayser where the victim’s brother was living.Ward was unloading groceries from her car in the driveway when Williamson fired a shot from nearby that was meant for a man with whom he had been feuding. Ward was shot instead and died at the scene.
The case was handled by Chief Prosecutor Reginald Henderson and Asst. Dist. Atty. Carla Taylor, both of the DA’s Special Prosecution Unit that seeks maximum sentencing for repeat felony offenders.