Winter Haven Man Convicted of Second-Degree Murder In Shooting Homicide
James Williams, 40, was convicted by a Polk County Jury of Second-Degree Murder, Manslaughter with a Firearm, and two counts of Improper Exhibit of a Firearm. Williams, also known as “Spooky” used a firearm to shoot one victim who died at the scene and shot another victim who later died at the local hospital due to his injuries. Two other victims were shot at by Williams but were able to escape in their vehicle. Williams faces a possible life sentence at sentencing. State Attorney Brian Haas thanks Assistant State Attorney Michael Nutter and the Polk County Sheriff’s Office for their work obtaining justice in this case.
Last night, PCSO detectives arrested first degree murder suspect 36-year-old James “Spooky” Williams in the Carefree Cove neighborhood after a Crime Stoppers tip led detectives to his location. He was taken into custody without incident. He was arrested on his warrant for one count first degree murder, one count attempted first degree murder, and one count possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, in the murder of 23-year-old Nasir Sutton and shooting of 38-year-old Bennie Joiner, on Sunday, June 10, 2018. A handgun was also recovered during the arrest.
Winter Haven Murder suspect being sought by the Polk County Sheriff’s Office
Detectives with the Polk County Sheriff’s Office have obtained an arrest warrant for the man who shot and killed 23-year-old Nasir Sutton and critically injured 38-year-old Bennie Joyner, Sunday, June 10, 2018 at around 6:22 p.m. The arrest warrant is for 36-year-old James Steven “Spooky” Williams, who lived (on and off) with the victims.
Deputies responded to a reported shooting at 1098 Carefree Cove Drive, Winter Haven Sunday evening, June 10th. There they discovered Sutton, deceased with at least one apparent gunshot wound. Joyner suffered at least one gunshot wound and was transported to an area hospital in critical condition.
Detectives have determined that a known suspect 36-year-old James Steven “Spooky” Williams arrived at the address, an argument occurred, and the Williams fired gun shots killing Mr. Sutton and injuring Mr. Joyner & then left the area.
If anyone knows where James Steven “Spooky” Williams is, please call 863-298-6200 or, if you’d like to remain anonymous, and be eligible for a CASH REWARD of up to $3,000, you can call Heartland Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-TIPS(8477). Anonymity is guaranteed!