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Judge sentences Jasmine Williams to life without parole

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Jasmine Williams DouglasNow.com file photo Jasmine Williams

On October 25, 2018, Jasmine Williams was found guilty of malice murder and felony murder for the death of Greg Swinson.  Judge Andy Spivey, who presided over the proceedings, sentenced her to life in prison without the possibility of parole.  The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney John Rumker.

 

The evidence presented at trial showed that Williams and Swinson, who were in the process of breaking up, were at Williams' residence.  Swinson woke Williams' roommate to show him scratches all over his back that he said Williams caused.

 

Williams herself testified that she retrieved a Smith & Wesson .357 Magnum long-barreled revolver from a hall closet, removed it from its holster, and approached Swinson with the gun in order to "scare" and "intimidate" him to leave.  She further testified that she raised the gun into the air and brought it down in an attempt to strike Swinson in the head with it.

 

It was at this point the gun was fired, striking Swinson in the rear right side of his head.  The bullet exited from the upper center portion of his forehead, and lodged into his left hand.  ADA Rumker argued that Swinson turned away from Williams in his last moment, instinctively raising his hands toward his head for protection.

 

After deliberating for approximately two hours, the jury apparently rejected Williams' arguments of accidental discharge and defense of her property and convicted her of both malice murder and felony murder (causing the death of another during the commission of a felony; in this case, aggravated assault).

 

District Attorney George Barnhill is grateful to the hard work of Investigator Brittany O'Steen and all of the officers of the Douglas Police Department involved in this case, whose diligence and professionalism ensured that justice was served for Greg Swinson and his family.

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