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[Original Publish Date: 10/08/19]
LEESBURG, Florida –U.S. Marshals cornered an eight-time convicted felon accused of attempted murder in a vehicle last week and handed him over to Leesburg Police, according to an arrest affidavit.
Kelvin Maurice Williams, 31, was in the 800 block of McCormack Street riding with his wife when U.S. Marshals detained him on an attempted murder warrant and found a cache of drugs and paraphernalia, including a scale, nearly 15 grams of cocaine and more than 12 grams of methamphetamine. They turned him over to Leesburg Police for questioning in the shooting that occurred last month.
According to the probable cause affidavit, Williams got into an altercation with a James Benton and his godsister, Janae Felton on Sept. 28 at a street party in Coleman in Sumter County. Felton’s car was damaged during a dispute with Williams and Williams punched Felton in the face and also struck Benton, the affidavit states. Benton grabbed Williams and held him to calm him down. After Benton defended Felton, Williams displayed a gun and shouted he would “do him” and “off him.” Felton later told police this behavior was out of character for Williams and she believed he was high on narcotics. That incident was reported to the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office.
After Benton left the party, Williams called him and told him he had just signed his own death certificate. Benton went to his girlfriend’s house at 207 Snow Place C and explained what happened earlier in the evening, according to the affidavit. They later left and went to 203 Snow Place C about 50 feet away from 207 Snow Place C. While he was there, two known friends of Williams contacted Benton and Benton felt like he was being set up, he told police. Just after being contacted by one of the friends, around 5 a.m. Sept. 29, shots were fired at 207 Snow Place C, while six people were sleeping inside. As the shots were fired Benton looked out the window and saw Williams – wearing the same clothing he was during the earlier altercation – walking in the yard with a black handgun.
Benton identified Williams as the shooter and a warrant was issued for his arrest. Williams racked up eight charges, including attempted murder and multiple drug charges. He is being held in the Lake County Jail on $96,000 bond.
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