Court Report

WHITLEY COUNTY – A Texas man who allegedly held his mother at gunpoint and fired shots at motorists along I-75 before leading police in a vehicle pursuit late last year was indicted Monday by a Whitley County grand jury.

Stephen G. Williams, 39, of Killeen, Texas, was named in a five-count indictment for charges that allegedly occurred Oct. 21, 2018.

Count one through four of the indictment charges Williams with attempted murder.

Count five of the indictment charges Williams with first-degree fleeing or evading police.

On the date listed in the indictment, Williams was operating a pickup truck traveling south through Whitley County along I-75 while allegedly holding his mother at gunpoint. During that time, he also allegedly began shooting at other drivers on the interstate.

Law enforcement officials soon began pursuing Williams, though he refused to stop and continued driving south crossing the state line into Tennessee. At that point, Tennessee Highway Patrol became involved and took lead in the chase.

At approximately the 134 mile marker, Williams attempted to pass a tractor trailer that had slowed after the driver, identified as Travis Hall, 24, of Sabina, Ohio, noticed the pursuit coming up behind him. At that point, Williams struck the back left side of the tractor trailer and then the cable barrier in the median, where the vehicle came to rest.

Williams’ mother, identified as Linda Williams, 62, of Pensacola, Florida, was transported to the LaFollette Medical Center before later being moved to the University of Tennessee Medical Center for further treatment.

Hall was wearing his seatbelt at the time of the collision and reported no injuries.

Stephen Williams was also not injured during the crash and was taken into custody. He was jailed in the Campbell County Detention Center in Tennessee and initially charged by THP with multiple charges not listed in the indictment, including reckless endangerment, aggravated kidnapping, driving under the influence and multiple traffic violations.

Current jail records could not be found for Stephen Williams.

An indictment is a formal charge by a grand jury; it is not a conviction or an admission of guilt.

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