(WASHINGTON) - Jurors heard testimony from officers who were the first on the scene after Derek Williams allegedly shot and killed his wife Kim. Police say Kim had filed for divorce and that prompted the shooting. (Washington Times-Herald)
A 911 call came into the Daviess County Sheriff's Department Dispatch at 12:58 a.m., Feb. 4, 2011, and when deputies arrived on the scene, they found 42-year-old Kim Williams dead, Derek Williams severely injured and the couple's boys barricaded in a bedroom.
The 13-year-old boy told dispatch he had heard gunshot and found his mother shot in the head on the floor and he thought his father had shot himself. He asked the dispatcher to call his grandmother. He told the dispatcher, he and his then 6-year-old brother had locked themselves in a bedroom.
The dispatcher stayed on the phone with the boys until police arrived. The teen then heard the officers break down the door. Those officers were Mark Bledsoe and Wendell Wise.
Each deputy described what they saw that fatal night. Their main concern and fear was for the children. They told the jury Bledsoe banged on the door, shouted "Sheriff's Department" and announced he was coming in. From where Wise stood looking through a window, he said he could see a blood-covered male in his underwear wandering around like he was looking for something. At one point the man stopped and looked at the door, then continued what he was doing. Bledsoe kicked the door in.
The two deputies described how they held a flashlight in one hand and weapon in the other and where each of them went when they entered the house.
Bledsoe told the jury the man's face was falling apart and he was covered in blood and was standing in a shooter's stance. The man, later identified as Derek Williams, pointed at Bledsoe as if he had a gun and said "bang, bang." Police realized Williams was unarmed but was using his finger and thumb to point at officer. Their impression was they wanted officers to shot him.
Suddenly, Williams came at Bledsoe, the deputy said he didn't have time to holster his handgun. He said he held the gun in the air as he blocked the impact of Williams' hit, and Williams tugged at Bledsoe's arm as if to get the gun. They wrestled until Wise pulled Williams off his partner. They then cuffed Williams and asked him who did the shooting and Williams replied "ask her." Both officers say Williams was furious and kept answering their questions with the same response "ask her."
Wise testified he checked the rest of the residence, telling the couple's two sons to stay put until he came back to tell them it was OK to come out. He said the boys were wide-eyed and trembling, the youngest was wrapped in a blanket.
Bledsoe's blood-soaked uniform was entered into evidence, as was Wise's jacket and holster. Both men testified they were not cut and the blood was not theirs. They also testified at no time did Williams ask for help, say he was a victim, say a terrible thing had happened or ask them to check on anything.
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