Shooter convicted on assault charges
by Rachel Davis
Apr 18, 2013 | 2680 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A Walker County jury convicted Charles Lamont Williams, of Jasper, on one count of first-degree assault and one count of second-degree assault this week.

The charges stem from an August 2010 incident at L & S Auto on Highway 69 North. Williams shot the business owner, James Sherer, and another man, Tommy Ferguson. Walker County District Attorney Bill Adair said that the victims were 70 and 74 years old, respectively, at the time of the shooting.

Witnesses said that Williams entered the dealership to inquire about a test drive, then pulled a weapon and shot the two men.

Williams, who was 30 years old at the time, fled the scene of the shooting and stole a pickup truck.

This touched off a day-long manhunt before he was arrested in Birmingham and returned to Walker County to stand trial.

At the time of the shooting, Sheriff John Mark Tirey said the identification of the shooter was aided by the first responding sheriff’s deputy who recognized Williams from previous arrests, helping to expedite the search efforts.

Sherer was taken to University of Alabama at Birmingham Medical Center, and Ferguson was treated and released from Walker Baptist Medical Center.

The trial lasted seven days, with Williams originally charged with two counts of attempted murder.

The jury returned a guilty verdict on the two assault charges, and sentencing will be held at a later date.