20 Year-Old Unarmed Man Killed By Police In Montana
It was New Year’s Eve. Kaileb Williams and his fiancée got into an argument. The fiancee called Kaileb’s mom to come pick her up. The mom did, and when she went into the apartment, she said that Kaileb assaulted her and then took her car with his fiancée in the passenger seat. Kaileb’s mom called the police. In response to a domestic disturbance, Kaileb was shot in the head by Missoula police officer, Cpl. Paul Kelly. Kelly is currently on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation, although the initial investigation found that Kelly was justified in shooting Kaileb.
Attorney Terance Perry is representing Rhenon Williams, Kaileb’s mom, and Kaileb’s fiancée. He stated that he has significant issues with the official version of the events. “I’m just going to call it like I see it. It’s execution style.”
Attorney Perry stated that the family has a markedly different story of what happened in the hour before Kaileb was killed by a single gunshot to the head.
Officer Kelly said that Kaileb was holding his fiancée hostage. The fiancée says that he was not and that she had plenty of opportunity to get out of the car if she wanted to.
Officer Kelly said that it was dark and he could not see if Kaileb had a weapon, yet he claimed to have seen Kaileb choking his fiancee, which she says never happened. Photos taken of her afterwards show no bruises or other signs of injury.
“I’m a little confused about their statement. Somehow they can see she is being strangled or held down, but they say it’s too dark to see if there is a weapon,” Perry said. “They all carry flashlights, most of the police cars I see around Missoula have searchlights. They could have lit that vehicle up like a Christmas tree if they wanted to.”
Perry said police never saw Kaileb wielding a weapon, and there was no evidence that he had a weapon.
Detective Lt. Scott Newell of the Missoula County Sheriff’s Office said that Rhenon told the dispatcher her son might have a knife. Attorney Perry said that Rhenon said no such thing.
The cops initially told Rhenon that Kaileb shot himself.
Detective Newell said the fiancee has been interviewed, and told law enforcement Kaileb was heading toward Interstate 90 and was going to drive into oncoming traffic to kill both of them. Attorney Perry said she denies making statements to that effect.
The sheriff’s investigation said Kaileb was intoxicated and had been using spice, a synthetic version of marijuana. Kaileb had a previous drug-related conviction and was on probation at the time of the shooting.
“There’s an attempt to construct a justification for the use of fatal force here,” said attorney Perry.
Read the full story at Missoulian.com
Posted on 01/05/2015, in Cops Gone Wild, Trials & Cases and tagged Attorney Terance Perry, Cpl. Paul Kelly, Detective Lt. Scott Newell, Kaileb Williams, killed, Missoula, MT, Rhenon Williams. Bookmark the permalink. 37 Comments.