Down in Georgia, a young fella named Christian Demond Williams, just 23, took a tragic turn and passed away after an accident with his own gun. This all went down right when the cops showed up at his doorstep, wanting to chat about four guys who’d recently busted out of the Bibb County slammer.
The local deputies had been on the lookout, and with a hot tip in their pocket, they tracked Williams to an apartment in Macon. They were on the sniff for clues about the jailbirds who flew the coop back on October 16th.
Turns out, there’s been another twist in the tale with a different guy getting nabbed for swiping a car, which seems to be all tangled up with the escape.
But here’s the kicker: when the marshals came a-knocking on Monday, someone let loose a bullet right through the apartment door. Sheriff David Davis spilled the beans to the press about the whole messy business.
The SWAT team arrived and a lady in the apartment guided the cops to Williams, who was hurt. She mentioned Williams shot himself, according to the deputies. They rushed him to a Macon hospital where he was in a bad way.
Davis mentioned the cops didn’t shoot.
On Tuesday, Leon Jones, the Bibb County Coroner, announced Williams passed away from a gunshot and it was a suicide. With cops being there, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation is checking things out. They’re planning to examine Williams on Wednesday.
Williams had vanished on March 5, right before his trial for a 2021 murder at a Macon store. A video caught him, wearing a red cap, getting jumped by two guys on his porch. Davis and DA Anita Howard weren’t buying the kidnap story.
Williams’ ankle monitor died because the battery ran out. The bail bond people didn’t tell anyone or ask Williams to charge it, Davis shared with WMAZ-TV back in June.
“It is sort of suspicious that a person gets kidnapped under surveillance cameras on the day that they were supposed to appear in court,” Davis said earlier.
The court papers say Williams is now his own lawyer since his previous one split. Calls and emails to the old attorney got no replies.
On Monday, cops nabbed Mykia Mynesha Williams at her place, booking her for helping an escape. It’s a mystery if she’s got ties to Christian Williams or if she’s got a lawyer of her own, ’cause a sheriff’s investigator didn’t pick up the phone to clear things up.
Catching the four runaways is the sheriff’s top job right now.
The tale of a jailbreak, with another suspected murderer in the mix, has been all over the middle Georgia news. The guys who busted out are named Joey Fournier, Marc Kerry Anderson, Johnifer Dernard Barnwell, and Chavis Demaryo Stokes.
The sheriff’s people are digging into whether Christian Williams had a hand in the breakout.
Last Friday, the deputies came across a blue Dodge Challenger left in a Macon grocery store lot. They think this car was part of the escape plan. Sheriff Davis said he’s grateful for all the clues people have been sending their way, and they’re chasing down every one.
The video caught the Challenger parked near the jail that night. It looked like someone was messing with the fence. They slipped some stuff inside, and the sheriff thinks those things helped the guys get out. They squeezed out a window and through that fence. Around 3 a.m., the car picked them up and they all took off, the cops said before.
Come Monday, Sheriff Davis said his team was only working on catching those escapees.
“We’re going to get you,” Davis warned the guys. “We’re going to find you. The footsteps are moving closer.”
There’s a big $73,000 reward for tips that help catch the escaped inmates. The sheriff’s office is putting up $20,000, and there’s more money coming from the FBI, Macon Regional Crime Stoppers, and the U.S. Marshals.
Joey Fournier, age 52, with gray hair and blue eyes, is 5 foot 9 and 140 pounds. He’s in trouble for allegedly killing his ex-girlfriend last February.
Marc Kerry Anderson, 24 years old, with dreadlocks, stands at 5 foot 9 and weighs 165 pounds. He’s facing charges for a serious fight.
Johnifer Dernard Barnwell, 37, sporting braids, is also 5 foot 9, tipping the scales at 190 pounds. He was locked up over federal drug stuff.
And Chavis Demaryo Stokes, 29, with short black hair, is a little shorter at 5 foot 7, weighing in at 160 pounds. He got caught with a gun and was mixed up in drug dealing.
If you’ve got any clues where the escaped inmates might be, you’re asked to let the FBI and U.S. Marshals know. Just ring 1-800-CALL-FBI or 1-877-WANTED2. You can also drop a tip on the FBI’s website or use the U.S. Marshals’ app to tell what you know.