Teen faces attempted murder charges

Published 10:23 pm Thursday, September 24, 2015

A Selma High School student has been arrested on attempted murder charges for allegedly shooting another student in front of his home last Friday night.

According to Lt. Curtis Muhannad with the Selma Police Department, 16-year-old Ceddarious Williams was arrested Wednesday afternoon and charged with attempted murder. Muhannad said due to Alabama law and the nature of the crime, Williams is being charged as an adult.

The shooting happened Friday night shortly before 7:52 p.m. on the 1500 block of St. Phillips Street when a 911 call came in about a shooting victim.

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“[Officers] arrived on the scene and found an 18-year-old black male who was suffering from a gunshot wound to his right forearm,” Muhannad said.

The victim was taken to Vaughan Regional Medical Center and later transported to a Montgomery hospital for further treatment, Muhannad said, adding the victim suffered a broken arm from the gunshot.

Muhannad said the victim has been released from the hospital and is expected to make a full recovery.

According to Muhannad, the victim and Williams were once friends.

“When officers spoke to the victim, he advised that he had been shot by 16-year-old Ceddarious Williams and that they were previous acquaintances,” Muhannad said.

“The victim advised us that Mr. Williams had previously menaced him with a knife and threatened him with a knife, and that on that night Mr. Williams was walking down the street in front of his residence on the sidewalk.”

The victim told officers that he exchanged words with Williams before the shooting.

“He asked Mr. Williams if he had the knife on him. Mr. Williams said, ‘No, I don’t have the knife,’ and Mr. Williams pulled the firearm on him and then fired four to five shots at him,” Muhannad said, adding a handgun was used.

Muhannad said Williams was arrested after the victim and mother notified the school and the police department that he was at school Wednesday.

“Both of these [young men] are students at Selma High School, and yesterday the victim and the mom were at school, and we were informed by the school that the suspect, Mr. Williams, was at school as well,” Muhannad said.

“He was detained and transported to the Selma Police Department in reference to the investigation. Officers found enough probable cause to arrest him and charge him, and under Alabama law, he was charged as an adult.”

Williams is being held at the Dallas County Jail without bond.