A Tennessee man fatally shot his wife in front of two toddlers just days after getting out of jail. Now, he'll be spending the rest of his life in prison.
Corey Williams, 28, was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole in connection to the murder of Lexus Williams, 22, according to the Gallatin News. Williams had previously been found guilty on four charges: first degree pre-meditated murder, felony reckless endangerment, aggravated assault, and false imprisonment.
WZTV Nashville reported in 2018 that the shooting took place in front of the couple's two children, ages 2 and 3 years old.
“Justice was served today for the city of Gallatin, Sumner County, and the family of Lexus Williams,” Assistant District Attorney Jenni Smith said this month. “Mr. Williams is a violent offender who perpetrated a murder in a public location when he shot his wife, Lexus Williams, five times, killing her in front of their two young children.
“The Sumner County District Attorney General Ray Whitley, and his staff greatly appreciate the hard work of the Gallatin Police Department, and most of all, the members of the jury who ensured that the defendant, Corey Williams, will spend the rest of his life in prison, without the possibility of parole.”
According to the Gallatin News, Corey Williams shot his wife five times while she was driving down Buffalo Ridge on April 3, 2018. The couple's kids were in the backseat when it happened. Lexus Williams sustained three gunshots to the head, one in the torso and another in the hand.
Gallatin News reported that witnesses said they saw a man, later identified as Corey Williams, running from the area following the shooting. Police found him an hour later hiding under the back porch or another nearby home.
According to Gallatin News, Corey Williams assaulted his wife weeks earlier. He reportedly became angry over a passcode on her cellphone and grabbed a gun and demanded that she unlock the phone.
WZTV reported that days before Lexus Williams was murdered, she told police she feared for her life and was trying to take steps to protect herself and her children. On March 24, 2018, Lexus Williams got an order of protection against her husband, who got out of jail the same day on $7,500 bond.
“There has to be a balancing act between the danger to the community and a right that a person has, and obviously this is what the judicial commissioner did in this particular case,” Sumner County District Attorney General Ray Whitley told WZTV, adding that the bond amount was typical.
Whitley lamented the situation while speaking with WZTV.
“That's everyone's worst nightmare,” Whitley said. “The worst thing that could happen to me as a prosecutor is to see someone get out on bond and then kill a person.”