Man Guilty Of Attempted Murder: Passer-by ‘Hero’ Credited With Saving Woman’s Life

Published 12:00 am Thursday, January 19, 2012

By Jackie Seabolt
Enterprise Record

A Davie jury found a Winston-Salem man guilty of attempted murder this week.
Edward Williams III, 40, of Winston-Salem was charged with attempted first-degree murder, assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill or inflict serious injury, and kidnapping Geriee Nichole Gillespie, 39, of Statesville on Nov. 19, 2010 at the BP gas station on US 601 North, Mocksville.
The jury deliberated for more than six hours over two days before finding Williams guilty of all three charges.
Williams claimed the gun went off two times accidentally during a struggle between he and Gillespie and that he forced her into her vehicle in an attempt to drive her to Davie Hospital for medical attention after he realized she was injured.
Prosecution claimed Williams followed Gillespie to the Mocksville BP with the intent to kill her and shot her two times.
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