Judge denies bond reduction appeal for accused rapist
by Rachel Davis
Jun 21, 2012 | 3971 views | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Brandon Cordell Williams
Brandon Cordell Williams
Judge Larry Lapkovitch denied a bond reduction request on Wednesday for Brandon Cordell Williams, 18, of Dora.

Williams is in jail on charges of rape, stemming from encounters with a 14-year-old girl, according to Dora Police Chief John Duchock.

Earlier this year, Williams was charged with raping a 12-year-old girl. He bonded out on those charges and was later arrested by Sumiton Police on charges of possession of a controlled substance and attempting to intimidate a witness. He bonded out on those charges as well.

He is currently being held on a $100,000 cash bond on the second rape charge.

All of the listed offenses allegedly took place between August 2011 and May 2012.

Williams’ lawyer asked for the bond reduction, stating that Williams had a job and was a lifelong resident of Walker County. The attorney also said Williams has a brother who is a professional football player and is in town to run a football camp.

Williams’ brother, Chavis Williams, is a linebacker for the Baltimore Ravens. He did not appear at the hearing.

In opposing the bond reductions, Assistant District Attorney Bailey Gladden told Lapkovitch about Williams’ pending charges and allegations of Williams harassing and attempting to intimidate witnesses.

Gladden told the court she anticipates more charges tied to child pornography and other victims of sexual assault.

Neither alleged victim appeared in court for the hearing, but families for both were in court.

District Attorney Bill Adair said he was pleased with the judgement.

“I think that’s the appropriate action,” Adair said. “This is a very serious case concerning very serious allegations.”

Duchock and Gladden said they are currently investigating the pornography allegations as well as other potential victims. Anyone with information regarding these cases should contact Duchock at the Dora Police Department at 205-648-9110.