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Verdict In For Man Charged With Murdering Soldier


By: Kara Duffy
September 25, 2013

After a three day trial, Alvin Davis III was found guilty of malice murder, felony murder, arson, armed robbery, aggravated assault and car jacking in connection to the death of Hassan Williams.

He was sentenced to two life sentences, no parole plus 80 years.

Following Davis' sentencing, a second defendant, Chaquel Cook, was also sentenced for his role in Williams murder. Cook had taken a plea deal and was sentenced to two life sentences, with the possibility of parole.


By: Kara Duffy
September 23, 2013

Thomasville, GA - Friends and family members of both Hassan Williams and Alvin Davis III made their way to the Thomasville Courthouse, Monday.

Davis is one of four people accused of robbing Williams, shooting him several times and then lighting his car on fire.

The 21-year-old was found face down in the backyard of a Thomasville home on July 17, 2012. He had been honorably discharged from the Army just three days before his death.

Davis is facing several charges, including murder, armed robbery and aggravated assault in the shooting death of Williams.

He is the only one of the four people charged in Williams' death to go to trial.

The three other defendants reached a plea deal.

Kiera Graham pleaded guilty to Felony Murder, Armed Robbery, and Arson. She was sentenced to life in prison.

Chaquel Cook pleaded guilty to Malice Murder, Armed Robbery, and Arson, and Kimberly Williams pleaded guilty to Arson and Cruelty to Children.

WCTV was told Kimberly Williams is expected to testify in Davis' trial.

Williams' family traveled from Columbia South Carolina, where Hassan was from, to be here for the trial.

His mother says the family is not going to make a comment until after a verdict has been reached.


Thomasville, Georgia- July 23, 2012- 5:15pm

Dive crews have been searching since the early morning hours of Monday, looking for what is believed to be key evidence in connection to the death of 21 year-old Hassan Williams.

More than a half dozen of dive teams, from as far as Atlanta, made their way to the Cherokee Lake in Thomasville to search for the possible weapon used to kill Williams.

"We've got quite a few divers from across the state out here helping and assisting us with this evidence recovery," said Lisa Maxwell, Commander of the Thomasville-Thomas County Dive Team. "We're starting from one area and working our way out from there,"

Williams was found face down in the backyard of a Thomasville home on July 17. Police say he'd been shot two times. Four suspects have since been arrested and charged with first degree murder, among other charges.

Members in the community hope the dive search will help bring the Williams family one step closer to closure.

"I hope that they're able to get what needs to be accomplished," said Thomasville resident Jennifer Davidovicz. "I hope justice is able to be served. It's devastating to hear."

Investigators working on this case are still not disclosing at this time if there is a known motive or how the suspects, if at all, were connected to Williams.

A spokesperson for Thomasville Police said both those things are still under investigation.

Additional charges recently filed in this case include:

Chaquel Cook: Murder, Cruelty to Children, Aggravated Assault, Armed Robbery, Hijacking of a Motor Vehicle, and Arson

Alvin Davis: Murder, Cruelty to Children, Aggravated Assault, Armed Robbery, Hijacking of a Motor Vehicle, and Arson

Kimberly Williams: Murder, Cruelty to Children and Arson

Kiera Graham: Murder, Cruelty to Children and Arson

Right now, it is unclear what crimes were committed at what time, however, according to Lt. Eric Hampton, the cruelty to children charge could mean that at some point in time, a criminal action was allegedly committed in front of a child or children.


Thomasville, Georgia- July 23, 2012- 4pm

According to Lt. Eric Hampton with the Thomasville Police Department, additional charges have been filed against the four suspects accused of murdering 21 year-old Hassan Williams.

Those additional charges include Armed robbery, Aggravated assault, Arson, Hijacking a motor vehicle, and Cruelty to children.


Thomasville, Georgia - July 23, 2012- Noon

Leads in the homicide investigation of Hassan Williams have led dive crews to a lake in Thomasville. That's where divers are now looking for evidence.

Dive Teams from across the state of Georgia made their way to the Cherokee Lake in Thomasville this morning, searching for new evidence related to the murder of Hassan Williams.

Officials say leads in the investigation brought them to Cherokee Lake, where the weapon used to murder Williams is believed to be.
Divers spent a majority of the morning marking off areas of the lake, then they will then spend the rest of the day searching.

Williams' body was found July 17th in the backyard of a Thomasville home. Police say he had been shot two times.

Eyewitness News spoke to Lisa Maxwell, the commander of the Thomasville / Thomas County Dive Team and she said they have a good idea of where they need to be looking and will work their way out from there.

Maxwell also says they have more than a half of dozen other dive teams from as far as Atlanta helping with the search.

At this time, there is still no word on a motive or if Williams knew the suspects charged with his murder.


Thomasville, Georgia- July 19, 2012- 6pm

A lot has happened in the 48 hours since 21 year-old Hassan Williams was found shot to death in the backyard of a Thomasville home.

"He was the type that if something like this had happened, he'd come in and make everybody smile and forget about it," said Aida Williams, Hassan's mother.

From late Wednesday night and into the early morning hours of Thursday, police arrested four people in connection to Williams death.

"Each were arrested at separate locations, with the exception of Ms. Kimberly Deshaundra Williams who turned herself in to the Thomas County Jail," said Lt. Eric Hampton with the Thomasville Police Department.

Chaquel Cook, 18, Alvin Davis III, 20, Kimberly Williams, 26, and Kiera Graham, 22, made their initial appearance before a judge Thursday afternoon.

All four are charged with first degree murder, however Graham is also facing felony arson charges for allegedly torching Williams's car, which was later found abandoned.

A judge has denied bond for all four defendants, therefore, they'll remain in the Thomas County Jail while they await trial.

"Other than doing their applications, I'm not authorized to disclose any further details of our representation, but we will be representing them," said Jennifer Phillips, an assistant public defender at the Thomas County Public Defenders Office.

In the meantime, a mother will hold on to the memories of her soldier son.

"He was a wonderful kid," said Williams. "A wonderful student. He grew up to become just as a wonderful man."


Thomasville, Georgia - July 19, 2012 - 3pm

Four people have been arrested in Thomasville in connection to the death of a former soldier. Hassan Williams was found dead in the backyard of a home on July 17th.

All four of the people arrested for the death of the former soldier in Thomasville are being held without bond. They are all charged with first degree murder and could face the death penalty.

One of the girls is charged a felony arson charge for torching the soldier’s Mercedes.


Thomasville, Georgia - July 19, 2012 - Noon

Four people have been arrested in Thomasville in connection to the death of a former soldier. Hassan Williams was found dead in the backyard of a home on July 17th.

Police had a very busy night last night. Making all four arrests starting at 11:00 o'clock and going into the early morning hours of 5 o'clock this morning.

The four people arrested are 18-year-old Chaquel Cook, 20-year-old Alvin Davis III, 26-year-old Kimberly Williams, and 22-year-old Kiera Graham, all from Thomasville.

Police say at this time, they're all being charged with murder for the death of Williams, but additional charges may be pending.

Investigators still do not know a motive in Williams' murder or how the suspects are connected to him. The suspects will be making their initial appearance in court this afternoon.

Stay with WCTV for details.


Thomasville, Georgia - July 19, 2012 - 10:20am

Four people were arrested early this morning in connection to the shooting death of Hassan Williams, according to the Thomasville Police Department.

Thomasville Police say the suspects were arrested at all hours of the night, ranging from 11:00 p.m. last night until 5:10 a.m. this morning. Suspects are currently being held at Thomas County Jail, where all four are charged with murder and additional charges may be pending.

Suspects names are:

Chaquel Jaquez Cook, 18, of Thomasville

Alvin Davis III, 20, of Thomasville

Kimberly Deshaundra Williams, 26, of Thomasville

Kiera Shanise Graham, 22, of Thomasville

According to officials, information gathered during their investigation led them to these four men and women. It's still under investigation who played what role in Williams's death, however all four are equally charged for now.


Thomasville, Georgia - July 19, 2012 - 9:45am

Four people were arrested early this morning in connection to the shooting death of Hassan Williams, according to the Thomasville Police Department. Eyewitness News Reporter Kara Duffy has a meeting with the TPD Public Information Officer scheduled. We will bring you the details of that meeting as soon as they become available.


Thomasville, Georgia-July 18, 2012- 6pm

Police have now released the identity of a homicide victim found dead in the backyard of a Thomasville home.

The man has been identified as 21 year-old Hassan Williams. Williams was from Columbia, South Carolina and been honorably discharged from the Army after serving three years.

His mother, Aida Williams, spoke from South Carolina today, fondly remembering her son.

"Hassan was a loving child," she said. "Anybody that came in contact with Hassan, you couldn't help but love him."

The young Army veteran was visiting friends in Thomasville on Tuesday, when he was found face down in the backyard of a home on Metcalf Avenue. Police say he'd been shot several times.

His mother said she'd just spoken with her son.

"I spoke to him Monday and he said, 'Mama I'll be back' and I said, 'You'll be back? and he said, 'Yeah, I'll be back cause we're going to the beach Sunday and we got to get it in honey.'"

Neighbors in the community didn't know Williams, but say their thoughts are with his family.

"Heart broken, that he gave his time and his life and offered it to the service of our country and then came to a peaceful little town and had a tragic end to his life," said Bonnie Haney who lives in Thomasville.

Tameka Fleming-Anderson lives in the neighborhood where Williams was found.

"My heart goes out to the family. It's just sad, very sad," she said.

Right now there is no word on any possible suspects or a motive. Thomasville Police are urging anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers at 229-227-3005 or the Thomasville Investigative Department at 229-227-3302.


Thomasville, Georgia - July 18, 2012 - Noon

Investigators in Thomasville are investigating the death of a man, found face down in the backyard of the home at 402 Metcalf Avenue.

The victim has been identified as 21-year-old Hassan Hana Williams.

Williams was from West Columbia, South Carolina. His family has been notified. Williams lived at home with his family. He had just been honorably discharged from the Army after serving 3 years. Williams has no criminal record. No one knows why he was in Thomasville. He suffered multiple gun shot wounds. TPD tell us that the investigation is ongoing and that there are no suspects or leads.


Thomasville, Georgia- July 17, 2012- 6pm

Investigators in Thomasville are investigating the death of a man, found face down in the backyard of the home at 402 Metcalf Avenue.

Police arrived 9:45 a.m. and soon ruled his death a homicide.

"Investigators are working hard at this time trying to get some information as to who the victim is, who the suspects may be and what actually happened in this incident," said Lt. Eric Hampton of the Thomasville Police Department.

The victim has not yet been identified, however he's described as an African American man, believed to be in his late teens or early 20's.

Investigators spent most of the day looking for leads.

"We've talked to people who might have been walking in the street, just to see if they've seen or heard anything during that time of morning," Lt. Hampton said.

"My mama came and got me and told me to go outside and look," said neighbor Jermaine Davis. "But he was just dead, couldn't do nothing about it."

Barbara Young has lived in the neighborhood for six years. She says her heart goes out to the victim's family, whomever they may be.

"It's a little unnerving," she said. "The reason why, is because it is so close to home. No matter what the circumstance is, it's still difficult losing a loved one."

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 229-227-3305 or the Thomasville Police Department at 229-227-3302.


Thomasville, Georgia - July 17, 2012 - Noon

A man was found dead in the backyard of a Thomasville home on the morning of July 17th and police are calling it a homicide.

Officers with the Thomasville Police Department responded to the scene at 402 Metcalf Avenue in Thomasville around 9:45 this morning.

It was there that they discovered the body of a male, estimated to be in his late teens or early 20's.

He was found dead, fully clothed and laying face down in the backyard of the home. At this time, investigators are ruling his death as a homicide.

The victim has not yet been identified, but officials have expanded the crime scene for further investigation.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 229-227-3305 or the Thomasville Police Department at 229-227-3302.


Thomasville, Georgia - July 17, 2012 - 10:30am

A death investigation is underway after a body was found at 402 Metcalf Avenue in Thomasville, Georgia.

Authorities on the scene say the body is that of a late teen or early 20's male. The body was found behind a house.

There is no word if foul play is suspected. The investigation is ongoing and authorities are expanding the crime scene now.

Stay with WCTV for more.


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