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Four suspects in custody

Four suspects in custody
Four suspects in custody | Nicholas Coleman, David McDonald Jr., Condarium Jones, Austin Evans
While the family of a Dresden woman who was fatally shot Sunday was planning funeral arrangements this week, the Dresden Police Department was clocking long hours trying to identify the alleged shooter.
As a result of the multi-agency investigation, Dresden police have now charged four people in connection with the shooting death of 43-year-old Lori Williams.
Friends found Ms. Williams dead in her apartment at 495 Highway 118 in Dresden around 9 p.m. Sunday. She was reportedly shot in the chest.
Tuesday afternoon, Dresden Police Chief Randal Walker and District Attorney General Tommy Thomas announced 18-year-old Nicholas Coleman of 306 North St., Dresden, was taken into custody that day. He was charged with first-degree murder, which stemmed from a killing that occurred during the perpetration of committing the act of aggravated burglary, according to Thomas.
According to an affidavit filed in Weakley County General Sessions Court, Coleman allegedly shot Williams and then took personal property such as her purse, currency and medication from the residence. Coleman confessed to the crime, according to the report.
Ms. Williams’ personal property was recovered by police after Coleman reportedly led officers to the location where it was hidden, according to the affidavit.
Later that day, police arrested David McDonald Jr., 18, of 230 Keel St., Greenfield, on a charge of accessory after the fact. According to an affidavit, McDonald was at the apartment and allegedly took Ms. Williams’ purse and contents and placed them in an area where the property could not be recovered.
Now, a third person – Condarium Jones, 30, of 122 East North St., Dresden – has been taken into custody and faces a charge of accessory after the fact. Police said Jones was also placed at the scene during the alleged theft and shooting death of Ms. Williams.
Police attempted to serve a search warrant at Jones’ home Monday.
According to an affidavit charging Jones with two counts of evading arrest, he fled the house and was taken into custody two blocks away.
Jones is a convicted felon whose background includes charges of felony theft and aggravated burglary. He was convicted of robbing a Dresden man of about $3,000 at gunpoint and sentenced to prison in 2003. He was released from prison Oct. 17, 2011.
A fourth suspect was taken into custody Friday evening and acharged with accessory after the fact.
Austin Obrien Evans, 20, of 146 Rodgers St., Sharon, is accused providing transportation for the other three suspects as well as hindering the recovery of evidence related to the homicide.
Three of the four suspects are set to appear in Weakley County General Sessions Court Thursday. They are being held without bond in the Weakley County Detention Center. The Dresden Police chief reported Coleman was transported to a holding facility in Middle Tennessee pending a mental health evaluation.
Walker credited the Weakley County Sheriff’s Department, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and Martin Police Department for their valuable assistance during the investigation into Ms. Williams’ death.
Funeral services for Ms. Williams were held Friday.

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