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'If you don’t say this, it’s over for me' — letter attributed to defendant in slaying trial
State rests its case in alleged gang shooting
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Delwoun Williams listens to opening statements Tuesday, May 8, 2018, during his murder trial in Hall County Superior Court. Williams is charged with malice murder for the fatal shooting of Cornelius Gordon in June 2017 on Barnes Drive. - photo by Scott Rogers

The lead investigator in a Hall County fatal shooting case read to the jury two intercepted letters advising potential witnesses what to tell authorities, according to testimony Wednesday, May 9.

Delwoun Quinntess Williams, of Hall County, is on trial for malice murder, felony murder, aggravated assault, terroristic acts, possession of a firearm in the commission of a crime and participation in criminal street gang activity from a September grand jury indictment.

Assistant District Attorney Laura Lukert kicked off the trial after 9 a.m. Tuesday, May 8, saying Williams “fired two shots into the car where Cornelius Gordon was sitting.”

Gordon later succumbed to his injuries.

A witness to the shooting identified Williams as the suspect to law enforcement through a Facebook page.

Based on the descriptions in the intercepted letters, Investigator Ashley Corwin did not believe the letters could have been written by anyone other than Williams.

Corwin read aloud the letter which asked a potential witness “to take the stand and say that (another man) was the one who killed (Gordon) and that you seen him do it.”

“If you don’t say this, it’s over for me,” Corwin said when reading the second letter.

During the initial investigative period, Corwin said no other leads came about.

On cross-examination, defense attorney David Hoffer mentioned a long list of potential associates and witnesses, some of whom Corwin and investigators did not have a chance to interview.

Corwin said some could not be reached because they were on the run or had retained legal counsel.

In opening statements, Lukert said Gordon was associated with the street gang Gangster Disciples.

People were gathered June 25 and in the early hours of June 26 for a party at a Barnes Drive trailer.

“People outside the trailer, people inside the trailer, most of those people have one thing in common: association with the Bloods gang,” Lukert said Tuesday, May 8.

Defense attorney Brock Johnson said his client spoke with investigators to clear his name for a crime “he knows he did not commit.”

Johnson and Williams claimed another person is responsible for the fatal shooting.

The state rested its case around 4:45 p.m. Wednesday. 

The trial is expected to resume Thursday, May 10, in Superior Court Judge Jason Deal’s courtroom.

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