2012 Murder Case Finally Ends with Manslaughter Conviction

GREENVILLE, MS (Ben Caxton) — In the midnight hour of March 30, 2012, Greenville Police responded to the Northland Village Apartments after reports of shots fired and an injured person at the scene. When officers arrived bystanders immediately pointed them to the area where shots were heard and where Frederick Williams lie, clinging to life. A police sergeant attempted to detect a pulse when Williams shifted his eyes toward the officer, his lips moving, but no words being spoken. Investigators arrived but could not locate witnesses. After more than a year of searching police eventually arrested Clifton Dean and Keon Mister for the slaying. Dean wrote and signed a confession admitting to the shooting then scratched out his words and tried to destroy the document. Forensics teams eventually though were able to piece it back together. These dramatic events were recounted by witnesses in a two day trial before a Washington County Jury this week. The jury convicted Dean of Manslaughter with a Firearm Enhancement on Wednesday afternoon after deliberating for five hours according to District Attorney Dewayne Richardson. Senior Circuit Judge Ashley Hines is scheduled to sentence Dean in August.


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