UPDATE: Williams pleads guilty in 2012 Tupelo shooting


TUPELO – A Tupelo man pleaded guilty today to the 2012 shooting death of Everett Ray Foster.

Kelly Mims, attorney for James Williams, 43, said his client accepted a plea offer from the District Attorney’s office to avoid a trial by entering a guilty plea for a 12-year sentence for manslaughter.

A Lee County grand jury indicted Williams on a murder charge in February for Foster’s death.

The men were friends and apparently became intoxicated, then got into a fight. When Foster returned to Williams’ mother’s South Canal Street residence, Williams fired a rifle three times through a door and fatally wounded Foster.

DA spokesman Paul Howell said today that Foster’s family agreed to the deal.

• Read Tuesday’s Daily Journal for more details.

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