Deonta Williamson murder trial in officers death moved here

4:56 AM, Oct 3, 2012   |    comments
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Caruthersville, MO (KSDK) - A St. Charles County man charged with first degree murder in the 2011 death of a police officer in the Missouri bootheel will see his case come full circle.

That's because Deonta Williamson, 30 of St. Peters was first wanted in St. Charles County after allegedly setting fire to his parents home following an argument, then fleeing to family members in Pemiscott County in southeast Missouri where Carutherville Officer Evan Burns was killed. 

A judge has granted Williamson's change of venue request and moved the case to St. Charles County where he will stand trial on the murder charge, along with assault and armed criminal action crimes connected to his flight from pursuing police and the crash that claimed the life of Officer Burns.

Authorities say Williamson tried to outrun police after exiting Interstate 55 onto Highway 84 headed towards Caruthersville in Pemiscott County. 

It was just down the road where Williamson; driving a Cadillac Escalade stolen from his parents O'Fallon home, slammed into two patrol cars positioned to stop Williamson.

Officer Burns was not able to get out of his patrol car before Williamson rammed the drivers side door of the police vehicle, killing the two year veteran officer.

Williamson is also facing charges of assault, arson, and armed criminal action in St. Charles County where the attack and deliberate fire occurred at his parents home the day before Officer Burns was killed.

Williamson remains in custody without bond.


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