‘Bonnie and Clyde’ Convicted, Sentenced
By Teresa Holloway
Messenger Reporter
HOUSTON COUNTY – On Nov. 15, District Attorney Donna Gordon Kaspar chalked up another victory for the citizens of Houston County with a multiple convictions of Earl Williams, Jr. and his wife Kayleigh Davis.
The jury found Williams guilty as charged on two counts of of Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon on a Public Servant and assessed 55 years in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice in each count.
Williams also was assessed ten years for Unlawful Possession of a Firearm by a Felon and seven years for Evading in a Vehicle. He will not be eligible for parole for 27 ½ years.
Davis had previously pleaded guilty to Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon on a Public Servant on September 15, 2016. She received a seven year sentence for her plea of guilty.
The jury began hearing the case on Monday, Nov. 14 in the Houston County District Court, but the story began in March, 2016 at approximately 3 a.m.
Officer Todd Little responded to a disturbance call at Snyder Trailer Park early that morning. He and Sergeant Alfredo Fajardo detained a vehicle being driven by Earl Williams, Jr. and attempting to leave the trailer park.
Kayleigh Ann Davis, Williams’ wife, was a passenger in the vehicle.
When the officers approached the stopped vehicle, Fajardo spotted a shotgun in the cab of the truck and warned lead Officer Little of the presence of the weapon.
Earl Williams, Jr. did not exit the vehicle as the officers ordered, instead he sped off at a high rate of speed and Officers Little, Fajardo and Lonnie Lum followed.
The suspect, followed closely by the officers, sped from the south side of Crockett to Grapeland.
The officers in pursuit maintained close proximity to the suspect’s vehicle and Officer Little saw the back glass of William’s vehicle shatter. He immediately realized either one of the suspects had fired on the pursuing officers.
The lead patrol vehicle was equipped with a dash camera and recorded multiple impacts to the windshield from the suspect’s shotgun pellets.
The chase ended abruptly about one mile outside Grapeland on county road 228. Williams failed to maintain control of his vehicle at the high rate of speed and ran off the roadway into a fence.
One of the fence posts penetrated the windshield of William’s vehicle. Both suspects exited the crashed vehicle and attempted to flee on foot.
The officers rapidly apprehended both suspects and Williams and Davis were found to have methamphetamine in their possession in the ensuing search.
Further investigation turned up a parole warrant for violation of conditions of parole on Williams. In 2010 he was convicted of Burglary and Theft and Criminal Mischief in Lumpkin County, Georgia.
He served a two year sentence and was released to probation for 13 years. In 2013, Williams’ probation was revoked for a period of five years for failure to comply with his drug rehabilitation as well as other conditions. After his release to parole, Mr. Williams came to Texas in violation of that parole.
Williams is known to be associated with the Aryan Brotherhood.
Williams was charged as a party for Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon on a Public Servant for shooting at Officer Todd Little and Sergeant Alfredo Fajardo. He was charged with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm by a Felon and Evading Arrest or Detention in a Vehicle.
According to the District Attorney’s office, during the trial, “Williams pleaded guilty to Evading In a Vehicle but claimed that his wife, Kayleigh Davis, actually did the shooting and he only told her that ‘if she was going to shoot, to shoot at the ground.'”
Kayleigh Davis testified during the trial and told the jury Williams “told her to shoot and actually reloaded the weapon when it was empty while she held the wheel and steered the car from the passenger’s seat.”
That part of her testimony was not part of her plea bargain agreement, according to Gordon Kaspar’s press release.
Gordon Kaspar explained the law in Texas is that a person is criminally responsible for an offense committed by the conduct of another if, acting with intent to promote or assist the commission of the offense, he solicits or encourages, aids, or attempts to aid the other person to commit the offense.
Kayleigh Davis had no criminal history at all and by all accounts lived a normal life without drugs or criminal behavior until she met and married Williams, according to the District Attorney’s office release. “It is the District Attorney’s belief that she, although she did in fact perpetrate the crime, is also a victim of Mr. Earl Williams, Jr.”
This particularly violent crime is rare in Houston County, but as Gordon Kaspar noted, “This type of case reminds us all how dangerous it can be for our peace officers.
“They put their lives in jeopardy every day they go to work. I am proud of the officers we have at the Crockett Police Department and all the other officers and deputies that risk their lives for us.
As for the verdict, Gordon Kaspar said, “I am grateful that the jury in this case did what was right and got Mr. Williams off the street before someone got hurt or killed.”
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