Macon County Chronicle

Lafayette Man Charged with First Degree Murder

Twenty-four-year-old Derek Williamson, of 411 Jack Porter Rd. in Lafayette, was charged with first degree murder on Thursday, June 19, after surrendering himself to Sumner County police for the murder of 32-year-old Grady Carter of Westmoreland.

According to the affidavit of complaint filed at the Sumner County Sheriffs Department, the Westmoreland Police Department received a phone call at approximately 9:09 p.m. on Wednesday, June 18, reporting that shots had been fired in the Ridgecrest subdivision area.

Police arrived at Carter’s residence, located at 203 Waggoners Way in Westmoreland, at approximately 9:11 p.m. and observed Carter lying on the ground outside.

The victim of several gunshot wounds, Carter was pronounced dead a short while later at Sumner Regional Medical Center.

Several witnesses were present during the shooting and their statements indicated that the victim and the defendant got into a disagreement over the telephone concerning a female by the name of Adrian Holmes.

The two men were said to once be close friends, but when Carter's long-time girlfriend and the mother of his 2-year-old son, started dating Williamson, their relationship took a turn for the worst.

According to witnesses, Carter was aware that Williamson was en-route to his residence and that he was bringing a gun.

Witnesses further stated that Williamson drove to Carter’s neighborhood, where Carter walked from his residence into the street towards Williamson, at which time Williamson opened his car door, exited the car, and began shooting Carter.

Witnesses stated that there were no words exchanged between the two men before shots were fired.

Carter was shot multiple times and evidence at the scene indicated that approximately 14 shots were fired from a 40 caliber handgun, which was located by police approximately .2 miles from the entrance of Carter’s subdivision on Clyde Wix Rd.

Out of the 14 shots fired by Williamson, Carter was hit six times.

Williamson surrendered himself to police at the Sumner County Sheriff’s Office on Thursday, June 19, at approximately 12:30 a.m. He is being held on $750,000 bond and is set to appear before the Court of General Sessions of Sumner County on July 16, 2008 at 9 a.m.