Revamped procedure for 19-year-old Fairfield man charged with killing Vanden athlete – The Vacaville Reporter


A Solano County Superior Court judge stayed and adjourned court proceedings earlier this month for a 19-year-old Fairfield man charged in the Easter 2021 shooting death of a Vanden student-athlete High in Fairfield.

Judge Carlos R. Gutierrez ordered James Sterling Shawn Williams, who was previously scheduled to face a preliminary hearing and preparatory conference on March 15 in Department 9, to return at 8:30 a.m. on April 25 for the same proceeding. at the Fairfield Justice Center.

Williams is represented by Fairfield criminal defense attorney Curtis C. Boyd.

Fairfield police investigators allege Williams shot 17-year-old Daniel Dejon Hughes of Fairfield on April 4; the teenager died a few days later. Police officials, who described Williams as a friend of the victim, later ruled the shooting a homicide.

The events unfolded around 4:40 p.m. when officers responded to a report of a shooting victim in a vehicle in the 1000 block of Broadway Street. They found Daniel in the vehicle with another young man, but the driver said to be the suspect, had fled, according to the investigators.

Officers took lifesaving action before Daniel, who played on the school’s varsity football and basketball teams, was taken to NorthBay Medical Center in Fairfield.

A warrant was then issued for the suspect, identified as Williams, also a Vanden High alumnus.

Williams surrendered to police two days later. He was incarcerated in Solano County Jail on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon using a firearm; willful discharge of a firearm through gross negligence; carrying a loaded handgun that he does not own; being a minor in possession of a concealed weapon; and be a minor in possession of ammunition.

He was arraigned April 8 in Solano County Superior Court in Fairfield, with bond set at $70,000. Williams posted bond on April 9, according to court records.

But court records also show the Solano County prosecutor’s complaint against Williams was amended on May 28, but it’s unclear whether that changed the charges originally recommended by Fairfield police.

Williams posted a reduced bond of $35,000 on June 1 and remains out of custody.

His final court appearance came before a large turnout at the Travis Unified School District board meeting on March 8, when nearly a dozen speakers — including the victim’s father, coaches, other adults and classmates – supported the idea of ​​having Vanden High stadium named after Daniel or ask the district to help create some type of memorial for him on the campus of 2951 Markeley Lane in Fairfield.

Currently, the sports field is named after George A. Gammon, but the stadium is not officially named, which fans pointed out to Superintendent Pamela Conklin, who rejected the idea of ​​naming the stadium during the March 10 meeting with some of the supporters.

Yet Dejon Hughes, the father of Daniel Hughes, some coaches, students and graduates have sworn to persevere in their efforts to honor Daniel Hughes in some way.


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