Allendale man gets life sentence in double shooting
ALLENDALE, SC (Jan. 9, 2020) – A dispute that started over a missing tablet and ended with two men shot, one fatally, has landed the shooter in prison for life.
Jamel Dajour Williams, 30, of Allendale was found guilty Thursday of murder, attempted murder and possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime in the shooting death of 18-year-old Tyrek Mitchell and serious injury of a second man.
“This defendant acted without remorse, even when the victim begged for his life,” said Reed Evans of the 14th Circuit Solicitor’s Office, who prosecuted the case.
Mitchell and the second shooting victim were each flown to a nearby hospital, where Mitchell subsequently died from his injuries.
Just before 9 p.m. March 21, 2018, the three men gathered inside a unit at Pinewood Apartments on Allendale’s Barton Road.
A witness testified during the three-day trial that Williams locked the apartment door, pulled out a gun and threatened Mitchell. The high school senior tripped and with his hands up, begged for his life before being shot and killed, the witness testified. Williams then shot the second man in the face before running into the nearby woods, leaving his gun behind.
The Allendale County jury deliberated 45 minutes before returning a guilty verdict. Williams was sentenced to life in prison for Mitchell’s murder. He received an additional 30-year sentence for the attempted murder charge and five years on the weapons violation. The sentences are to run concurrently.
Circuit Court Judge Carmen Mullen handed down Thursday’s sentence.
Williams’ criminal history includes a strong-armed robbery conviction in 2010.
Special Agent Katie McCallister of the S.C. State Law Enforcement Division and Solicitor’s Office Investigator Bruce Davis assisted in the case.
Evans is a member of the Allendale County community prosecution team. He has been with the Solicitor’s Office since 2011.