Allendale man sentenced to 35 years in 2015 murder


An Allendale man has been sentenced in the case of a 2015 murder.

30-year-old Jaycoby Terreak Williams was arrested and tried in the murder of then, 29-year-old James Spellman. The murder happened on May 26, 2015 when Williams shot at “romantic rival” Spellman outside of his girlfriend’s home in Pinewood Apartments in Allendale County. Spellman was hit once, striking his heart and lungs. Brian Hollen of the Fourteenth Circuit Solicitor’s Office calls it “a crime of opportunity”, adding that

“The defendant and victim had been involved with the same person and had some feuds previously. This was an ongoing fight.”

Hollen also said, “Despite the fact it was broad daylight and despite the fact there were multiple witnesses standing around, Williams walked up and, without saying a word, fired a single shot.”

The trial lasted three days and ended with a conviction and 35-year sentence.

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