2017-06-19 / Front Page

Man who allegedly fired shotgun that struck teen in face will remain jailed

Ledger Staff Writer

A Gaffney man accused of firing a shotgun blast that struck a 10-year-old boy in the face has been denied bond by a judge in Cherokee County General Sessions Court.

Circuit Court Judge Keith Kelly found in a July 15 order that Allen Charron Williams Jr., who is listed in court records as a resident of Evans Street, posed a danger to the community and that a motion to set bond should be denied.

Williams, 27, is accused of three counts of attempted murder and two drug offenses following an investigation by the Cherokee County Sheriff ’s Office into a May 9 shooting incident at Kraft and Evans Street during which a 10-year-old boy was struck with a shotgun blast while riding in the back of his father’s pickup truck during an evening ride.

Sheriff Steve Mueller said at the time witnesses had indicated the truck had ridden around the block several times and that Williams had placed bricks in the road in an attempt to get it to stop if it circled around again. The shotgun blast reportedly occurred as the father slowed the truck down to navigate around the obstacles in the roadway.

Williams faces attempted murder charges for all three people in the truck, though only the young boy was struck. No motive for the shooting has been offered. The family of the young boy did not know Williams at all.

During a bond hearing Monday, the mother of the young boy told Judge Kelly how the incident had greatly impacted her son and family. “My husband carries around guilt and regret for something that’s not his fault,” she said.

She said her son was struck by 20 pellets and that eight still remain in him to this day, including one pellet next to his eye that’s too dangerous to remove.

Assistant Solicitor Matt Kendall argued bond should be denied. “The action speaks for itself,” he said. “It was awful.”

Williams’ lawyer asked the court to set a reasonable bond, arguing, “These are allegations. Not forgone conclusions.”

Judge Kelly, in an order handed down June 15, said he considered the nature and circumstances of the offenses, Williams’ risk of flight and prior criminal record in denying bond.

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