FUGITIVE ON RUN FOR EIGHT YEARS CONVICTED IN ATLANTA FOR MURDER OF TEENAGER

Defendant Captured in Charlotte Nightclub

Fulton County District Attorney, Paul Howard, Jr. today announces a conviction by a Fulton County Superior Court Jury of BRANDON WILLIAMS,31, for the May 10, 2008, murder of Corey Coleman.

On May 2008, during a chance occurrence, BRANDON WILLIAMS spotted Corey Coleman at a house party in northwest Atlanta. WILLIAMS, a year earlier, accused 16-year-old Coleman of stealing a bag of marijuana from him and had confronted Coleman on several occasions to address his allegations. In an effort to avoid any further contact with WILLIAMS, Coleman moved away from his Atlanta residence to College Park, Georgia. After six months, he returned only to find himself attending the same house party as WILLIAMS.

Once WILLIAMS recognized Coleman, he immediately left the party and returned with a .380 caliber handgun and opened fire into the crowded gathering. Coleman was struck once in the back. BRANDON WILLIAMS immediately fled the scene.

Corey Coleman was rushed to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead. During the investigation, several witnesses identified BRANDON WILLIAMS as the shooter which resulted in a warrant being issued for WILLIAMS’ arrest.

After the warrant was issued, detectives worked to locate and arrest BRANDON WILLIAMS. Local and national news outlets aired stories about Corey Coleman’s murder and the search for his killer. On April 21, 2016, after nearly eight years of being on the run for the murder of Corey Coleman, BRANDON WILIAMS was arrested after assaulting his girlfriend in a Charlotte, North Carolina nightclub.

WILLIAMS was convicted by a Fulton County Jury of the following charges:

  • Murder
  • Felony Murder
  • Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon
  • Possession of a Firearm during the Commission of a Felony

He was sentenced to Life plus five years in prison on Monday, December 4, 2017.

The victim’s mother told prosecutors she was very pleased with the outcome of the trial. “Justice was served after nearly ten years. We finally have peace,” said Glorious Carter.

Fulton County Superior Court Judge, Kimberly Esmond Adams presided over the case. It was prosecuted by Senior Assistant District Attorney, Adam Abbate with support from Assistant District Attorney, Jade Johnson, as well as Investigator, Rasheed Hamilton of the Fulton County District Attorney’s Investigations Unit. Detective, Kevin Otts of the Atlanta Police Department led the initial investigation