News Release, Charles County State’s Attorney’s Office

Nicholas Jabbar Williams, 22 of Waldorf

LA PLATA, MD—Tony Covington, State’s Attorney for Charles County, announced that on Tuesday, June 18, 2019, a Charles County jury, after a 7-day trial, convicted Nicholas Jabbar Williams, 22 of Waldorf, of Second Murder of Cameron Townsend and related gun charges.

During the evening hours of December 14, 2017, officers responded to the 1000 block of Spruce Street in Waldorf after receiving several reports of a shooting. Upon arrival, officers discovered victim Cameron Townsend lying unresponsive on the side of the road in front of a residence, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds to his upper body. He was pronounced deceased at the scene. A witness close to the scene of the incident reported seeing someone standing over the deceased before leaving and observed a dark-colored passenger car speed away from the area of the deceased after hearing the gunshots.

An investigation revealed that earlier that day, Williams picked up Townsend and two other men in his black Hyundai Accent and traveled with them to Prince George’s County and Washington, D.C. before returning to Charles County. Around 8 p.m., Williams dropped two of the men off at one of their residences in Waldorf; however, Townsend remained in the front passenger seat of Williams’ vehicle. Williams then drove Townsend to a separate neighborhood in Waldorf, where approximately 20 minutes after dropping off the other men, Williams shot Townsend seven times while he was in his vehicle, dragged his body out of the vehicle, and left it on the side of the road before fleeing the scene.

Two days later, officers executed a search and seizure warrant at Williams’ residence and in his vehicle. During the search, officers discovered a shell casing in Williams’ car matching shell casings found at the scene of the incident, as well as a bullet that was lodged in the car door. Blood was also found inside of the vehicle matching Townsend’s DNA. Additionally, a shoe found inside of Williams’ residence was discovered to have Townsend’s blood DNA on the bottom.

Williams will be sentenced in September.  He faces up to 47 years in prison.

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