Anthony Williams Ordered Held in Shooting Death of James Edward Booker

Anthony Williams, 16, was ordered held on Wednesday on suspicion of second-degree murder in the shooting death of 24-year-old James Edward Booker.

On Nov. 5, police officers found Booker conscious at 9:56 p.m in the 500 block of Alabama Avenue Southeast, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. He was taken to the local hospital where he was pronounced dead at 10:48 p.m.

According to charging documents, video footage shows three individuals surround Booker in front of Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School, about a block from where Booker was found.

One of the individuals, who a witness later identified as Williams, appears to talk to Booker while holding a handgun, according to the documents.

Booker then raised his right hand several times and ran north toward Alabama Avenue, according to the documents’ description of the video footage. The footage shows the shooter and the two unknown individuals turn and run south, the documents say.

A witness identified the shooter to police as someone it knew from the area, charging documents say. The witness provided detectives with a cell phone photo of the person it believed to be the shooter, wearing a blue windbreaker.

Documents say that witness eventually identified Williams from a YouTube video, wearing the same jacket.

The witness also said that the shooter pointed a revolver at Booker and Booker raised his arm to the shooter to push the revolver away. Since no ballistic evidence was recovered at the scene, the use of a revolver would be consistent with the evidence in the case, documents state.

Williams is scheduled to appear before Judge John Ramsey Johnson on November 25 at 9:30 a.m. for a preliminary hearing.

***Correction: Due to a reporting error, this story originally misidentified how Booker appeared at the scene. Booker was found conscious at the scene and told police he didn’t know who shot him.

Charging documents have been added to this post below:

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