Yawn Found Guilty on All Counts

By: Eyewitness News Email
By: Eyewitness News Email

Tallahassee, FL - It took the jury just over two hours to come back with a guilty verdict for a man charged with murdering a Tallahassee mother.

Both families sat in the courtroom in silence tonight as the jury handed down a guilty verdict for William Yawn.

Yawn is convicted of killing Tanesha Overstreet in her own kitchen while three children hid in a bedroom down the hall in August of 2008.

Yawn told deputies he bought crack from Overtstreet's boyfriend and the two had been arguing over money.

In a recording of Yawn's statement to deputies that day, Yawn said Overstreet grabbed the barrel of the shotgun and started tugging on it ... and that he accidentally shot her.

Yawn was questioned at the sheriff's office within six hours of the shooting ... and he told them it as an accident.

Yawn showed no emotion as the guilty verdict was given but it was completely different for Tanesha's mother who sobbed as the words "guilty" filled the room.

Renee Jones-Johnson, mother of Tanesha Overstreet, says, "I am ecstatic. I'm just glad that my daughter can rest in peace and that justice was done."

I spoke with Yawn's family after the verdict was given and they declined to speak on camera.

After being convicted of first degree murder which carries a mandatory life sentence, Yawn entered a plea to possession of a fire arm by a convicted felon.

Yawn is due back in court on November 12th.

@@@@ PLEASE NOTE: If you would like earlier versions leading up to the verdict, please check out the story [UPDATE] Tallahassee Man Found Guilty for Deadly Shooting. @@@@

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  • by ru Location: ral on Oct 8, 2010 at 06:23 AM
    If this vicious cretin had been buying his dope down at a state-run pharmacy, this would not have happened. No dead Tanesha, and no paying big bucks to investigate, arrest, try and incarcerate Yawn. Trying to ban dope is the worst thing America ever did to itself, unless you happen to hate liberty and the Bill of Rights, love gangsters, tyranny and murder, and have a desperate desire to live in a dictatorship.
  • by diggerw900 Location: FL on Oct 8, 2010 at 03:01 AM
    Hope they lock his A-- up for ever and throw away the key.
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