BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (WOOD) — A 19-year-old has been charged for the death of another teen who was shot and killed in Battle Creek over a week ago.
Battle Creek Police said they arrested a 19-year-old Cameron Anthony James, of Battle Creek, for the death of 17-year-old Chris Williams. He was arraigned Friday afternoon on one count of open murder and a weapons offense.
The charges stem from the July 11 shooting.
According to the probable cause affidavit, James and Williams were arguing on social media for months before the shooting. A week earlier, officers were called to the area for shots fired. A witness said this happened after an argument between the two, court documents said.
A witness told police that the pair were arguing again on Facebook on July 11. The witness said James had threatened to “slide through,” or show up on Williams’ turf and try to fight, shoot him or start trouble, to see who was tougher, the affidavit said.
According to James, the pair met up just before midnight on July 11 at the playground at Arbor Pointe Townhomes off Jackson Street to fight, the affidavit said.
When James arrived, a witness with Williams said he saw the “muzzle flash” of James’ gun with about five to six shots fired. The witness told police he then grabbed his gun and shot three times and didn’t believe Williams fired his gun.
Williams was shot once, the affidavit said. He died of his injuries at the hospital.
Williams graduated from Battle Creek Central in June and was remembered as having an “amazing” personality and being a dedicated football player, according to teachers and friends.
“There was just this spark in him,” she said. “There was something inside him that you just kind of knew he was a good person,” said Virginia Platek, who taught Williams during his freshman year.
James’ bond was denied.