|Dresden men linked to murder |
|Posted: Wednesday, January 18, 2012 10:00 pm |
|By SABRINA BATES |
Special to The Messenger
A murder that claimed the life of a Dresden woman and left the community’s residents in shock has resulted in two arrests, according to authorities.
Dresden Police Chief Randal Walker credited the efforts of multiple agencies during a press conference held at the Dresden Civic Center Tuesday afternoon regarding the case of a Dresden woman who was killed in her apartment Sunday evening.
Through partnerships with area law enforcement agencies, the Dresden Police Department has arrested two individuals in connection with the homicide.
Around 9 p.m. Sunday, 44-year-old Lori Williams was found dead in her apartment at 495 Highway 118 inside the city limits of Dresden. She was reportedly shot in the chest.
Nicholas Megale Cole-man, 18, of 306 North Wilson St. in Dresden was taken into custody by the DPD Tuesday and faces a charge of first-degree murder.
David McDonald Jr., 18, of 145 East Maple St. in Dresden was also arrested Tuesday and faces a charge of accessory after the fact.
“We had a quite a bit of help and I want to thank all of the people involved, the Weakley County Sheriff’s Department, especially investigator Marty Plunk and Sheriff Mike Wilson,” Walker said as he took the podium during Tuesday’s press conference.
The Dresden chief added Plunk’s help was a great asset to the investigation, and he credited Wilson for allowing the sheriff’s investigator to spend time with the case.
Walker also lauded the efforts of Tennessee Bureau of Investigation agents Joe Walker and Jeff Jackson.
He also thanked Martin Police Chief David Moore for allowing the DPD use of the explosives dog.
“Chief Moore is a criminal investigator at heart and I have worked with him for many years,” Walker said.
District Attorney General Tommy Thomas addressed the crowd following Walk-er’s agency credits.
Thomas said the Dresden Police Department had worked non-stop since the incident Sunday.
The attorney general announced Coleman was charged with first-degree murder.
The charge stems from a killing which occurred during the act of committing the act of aggravated burglary.
Thomas said due to the nature of the investigation and the possibility of other people being connected to the crime, he was unable to discuss the underlying facts of the case.
According to an affidavit filed in Weakley County General Sessions Court, Coleman is accused of entering Ms. Williams’ apartment Sunday shortly after 9 p.m. and committing the murder by shooting the victim.
The report added Coleman also took Ms. Williams’ personal property, which included her purse, money and medication.
Coleman also faces a charge of especially aggravated robbery.
Weakley County General Sessions Judge Tommy Moore arraigned Coleman Tuesday evening and he is being held without bond in the Weakley County Detention Center.
According to McDonald’s affidavit, McDonald, while in the company of Coleman and 30-year-old Condarium Jones, took personal items belonging to the victim from the apartment Sunday evening. He is accused of hiding the property and charged with accessory after the fact.
According to a third affidavit filed in Weakley County General Sessions Court, officers with the DPD, TBI and WCSD attempted to execute a search warrant at the home of Jones at 122 North St. Monday.
The report claims Jones fled the scene and was taken into custody two blocks from his home after a pursuit.
Jones faces two charges of resisting stop/arrest.
Funeral services for Williams are set Friday at Bowlin Funeral Home in Dresden.
A visitation is planned from 10 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. at the funeral home Friday, with burial to follow at 2 p.m. in New Hope Cemetery in Gleason.
The family requests donations to help cover the funeral expenses. Published in The Messenger 1.18.12