Thursday, 24 March 2011

SBS: Arkansas: Jonathan Williams charged with first degree murder

March 23, 2011
A Dardanelle man accused of killing an infant is scheduled to stand trial in June.
Jonathan Williams was arrested in September after prosecutors filed first-degree murder charges against the 20-year-old following the death of infant Carter Greyson Shaw of Briggsville. According to court records, Williams, at the time an Arkansas Tech University student and boyfriend to the child’s mother, told police he shook Shaw after “hear(ing) the baby having trouble breathing” in the early morning hours of July 25, 2010. Shaw died Aug. 4, 2010, at Arkansas Children’s Hospital in Little Rock, where he was airlifted from Saint Mary’s Medical Center in Russellville.
A nurse at Saint Mary’s told police Shaw “displayed signs of Shaken Baby Syndrome” and the state medical examiner concluded the manner of Shaw’s to be homicide by injuries to the head, according to court filings.
Williams, who is represented by Russellville attorney John Burnett on behalf of the state Public Defender Commission, was released from the Pope County Detention Center on Sept. 14, 2010, after posting $25,000 bail.
The four-day trial is set to begin June 28, two weeks after Williams’ 21st birthday.
First-degree murder is a Class Y felony and carries up to a life sentence upon conviction.

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