Jasper man found guilty of drug charges
by Rachel Davis
Jun 13, 2013 | 3193 views | 0 0 comments | 78 78 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A Walker County jury deliberated less than an hour before finding Eddie Williams, 27, of Jasper, guilty on charges of possession of crack cocaine.

Williams was arrested on Oct. 3 at his residence on 12th Alley in Jasper, after Jasper Police officers responded to a domestic violence call. Officers said they recovered a gun, marijuana and five rocks of compressed white powder from Williams. Testing by the Alabama Department of Forensic Science later proved that substance to be crack cocaine with a total weight of 1.1 grams.

A state expert who tested the substance appeared to testify during the two-day trial. Walker County District Attorney Bill Adair said that crack was once the most common illegal drug in the area, and, although methamphetamine has somewhat overtaken it, it remains a serious problem in the community.

The offense is a Class C Felony, but because of the state’s habitual offender act, the sentence can be anywhere from two to 20 years. “Because of this defendant’s violent nature and the cases we have pending against him, we will be asking for the maximum sentence,” Adair said.

Last month Williams was on trial for burglary and assault, when Walker County Circuit Court Judge Jerry Selman was forced to declare a mistrial.

In addition to possible retrial on those charges, he is also charged three counts of attempted murder in West Jasper, first degree robbery of Subway in Jasper and weapon-related charge.

Williams is currently in the Walker County Jail awaiting sentencing. He is expected to be tried on some of the other pending charges in the near future.