Man accused in fatal Phoenix shooting in December

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By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver

PHOENIX -- A man has been arrested in connection with a fatal shooting during a gun sale that turned into a cocaine robbery at a Phoenix apartment.

Bond was set at $750,000 Thursday at the initial court appearance for 38-year-old Jamaude Williamson.

He was taken into custody without incident Wednesday in Tempe as a suspect in the Dec. 22 shooting that left one man dead and another injured.

According to court documents, Williamson went to an apartment complex near 27th and Northern avenues with another man shortly before 11 p.m. to allegedly sell a handgun and buy drugs.

Williamson and the other man were let inside by the surviving victim, who recognized the man with Williamson from prior contacts, according to court documents. The victim then reportedly placed his loaded 9mm handgun on the mini fridge.
One of the visiting men reportedly unloaded a .380 handgun and the conversation turned to the possible sale of the firearm. As at least one of the victims inspected it, a fight erupted for control of the loaded 9mm handgun.

Williamson allegedly loaded the .380 handgun and opened fire.

Authorities say he then fled with an unknown amount of packaged cocaine.

The woman came out of hiding and called 9-1-1, according to court documents.

The resident of the apartment, Henry Smart III, was pronounced dead shortly after 2 a.m. The other victim underwent surgery and survived. The woman was not injured.

Williamson faces one count each of first-degree murder during a crime, armed robbery with a deadly weapon, first-degree burglary, possession of a weapon by a prohibited person, and aggraved assault with a deadly weapon.

According to court documents, Williamson was on parole for prior felony convictions at the time of the shooting and is a reported gang member.

He reportedly denied any knowledge of or involvement in the incident.

Williamson has a March 7 preliminary hearing and does not yet have an attorney.