Williams points finger in Martin murder

Witness Ron-darrell Williams describes defendant Calvin McMillan as the gunman.
Witness Ron-darrell Williams describes defendant Calvin McMillan as the gunman.

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WETUMPKA, AL (WSFA) - Calvin McMillan appeared in court again Wednesday, accused of gunning down a man in a Wal-Mart parking lot so he could steal his truck.

Another man charged in that murder took the stand against McMillan today. Ron-darrell Williams told the jury that it was McMillan who was the trigger man.

Williams' voice was loud and strong as he pointed to the man he called "Pop" accusing him of gunning down Bryan Martin as he was tried to leave the Millbrook store on the night of August 29, 2007.

Prosecution - "Do you see Pop here in the courtroom today?"
Williams - "Yes sir."
Prosecution - "Please point him out and describe what he's wearing."
Williams - "To my left wearing a blue collar shirt....checkerboard...low haircut."
Prosecution - "The record will so reflect that he has identified the defendant."

Williams said McMillan asked him to take him to Wal-Mart so he could steal a car. The store's surveillance video shows Williams entering the store a couple of times, but on his way out he said he didn't get very far. "I heard a shot...a gun shot."

Williams said he knew McMillan had a gun, but didn't think he was going to kill anybody. "I saw Pop with his hand up raised like that [making a hand gesture holding a gun sideways] at a truck, a burgundy truck with the door open. I heard two more shots and he pulled, pulled Martin out the car, out the truck. He got in the truck and drove off."

Defense attorneys are trying to dismiss his testimony since Williams has pleaded guilty to a lesser offense of felony murder.

"He [Williams] pled guilty on Monday while we were striking a jury for this case," defense attorney Bill Lewis said. "He waited for the last minute to get the best possible deal he could, and it's obvious he's willing to say whatever he can to appease the state and get the best deal he can."

"The truth is we never could reach a deal," countered District Attorney Randall Houston. "He's pleading blind. We've not agreed to anything and the reason is because we couldn't agree. They would not accept our offer and we would not accept theirs. So, he's pled guilty and not it's going to be up to the judge. They'll argue one thing and we'll argue something else."

Williams could get 20 years to life in prison for his felony murder guilty plea. That will be up to the judge.

The trial is expected to continue through the rest of the week.

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