William Chase Johnson, the 18-year-old accused of killing beloved Lowndes County Sheriff “Big John” Williams, has been charged with capital murder and could face the death penalty if convicted.
Authorities say, Johnson, who is the son of a Montgomery County sheriff’s deputy, shot “Big John” to death outside of a QV convenience store in Hayneville after he told him to turn his music down.
Witness Charles Benson told the Montgomery Advertiser, “Big John comes up and asks the young man about the loud music, just like he has done hundreds of times before. Big John don’t take no foolishness. That’s when he got shot. I don’t understand it. The sheriff is gone over loud music? It just don’t seem right.”
More than 2,000 people attended the Montgomery funeral service for the 62-year-old beloved sheriff.
Russell County Sheriff Heath Taylor said:
He didn’t care if you were rich or poor. He didn’t care if you were black, white, green, purple. John was going to treat you like family. John was going to do everything in his power to help you.
Rest in peace, Big John.
Source: NY Daily News