Million-dollar bond set in Anita Court shooting

Tuesday, September 7, 2010 | 8:38 p.m. CDT; updated 8:09 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, September 28, 2010

COLUMBIA — A $1 million cash bond was set Tuesday for Eric Dawon Jamison, the man charged with second-degree murder after Monday’s feud over a woman.

Jamison, 22, was being held in the death of Crestful J. Williams, 21, who was shot five times while visiting his ex-girlfriend at Lakewood Apartments, on Anita Court near Stephens Lake Park.

Jamison, charged on five additional counts, was arraigned Tuesday afternoon with a preliminary hearing set for Oct. 12.

Since Monday, the Columbia Police Department has worked to piece together more details about the shooting that also wounded the 22-year-old woman at the center of the feud. Police are withholding her name for her safety.

According to the statement of probable cause, Jamison visited the apartment of his recent ex-girlfriend at approximately 1:30 a.m. Monday with a handgun in his possession. Uninvited, he entered the apartment using a stolen key he had acquired within the past two weeks.

Jamison told investigators he was expecting Williams to arrive at some point and began searching the apartment. The woman told authorities Jamison had become increasingly jealous of her relationship with Williams, also a recent boyfriend.

According to the probable cause statement, Williams arrived around 10:45 a.m. with a friend he had enlisted to help him remove his property from the apartment. 

Jamison was still inside with the woman and her three children, two of whom Williams had fathered.

The woman told police that Jamison fired multiple shots at Williams after an argument broke out between them. Williams received two in the lower abdomen, two in the back of the torso and one at the base of the skull. The woman was shot once in the leg.

She struggled to walk out of the bedroom where she was shot, the court document stated, and Jamison carried her outside to await medical attention. Neighbors said she cried while sitting on a curb outside the apartment. She later was treated at University Hospital and released, an MU Health Care spokeswoman said.

As shots were fired, Williams' friend picked up one of the children, a 3-year-old, according to the document. When the shooting stopped, Jamison pointed a gun in the direction of both of them. Jamison also has been charged with endangering a child.

Police spokeswoman Jessie Haden said at any given time there were about 11 officers, detectives and supervisors at the scene of the crime. In total, there were six supervisors, 22 officers and six detectives dispatched during the day, she said.

After being given his Miranda warning, Jamison gave his own account of the incident, but it was not consistent with others, the document stated. He faces a total of six charges.

Although Jamison indicated he acted in self-defense, investigators treated the incident as a homicide, according to a Police Department news release. It is Columbia’s first in 2010.

“We’re certainly glad that we haven’t had more, but one is still too many,” Haden said.

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