Denton man still in custody after fatally wounding girlfriend during struggle with another man

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A Denton man remained in custody Sunday after authorities say a handgun went off during a struggle with another man last week, fatally wounding his girlfriend who had been standing nearby, Denton police said.

The woman has been identified as Ashley Walters, 21, of Corinth who died at a Denton hospital on Thursday. She suffered a gunshot wound to her face and neck. Her death was ruled a homicide, according to the Tarrant County medical examiner's office website on Sunday.

The suspect is Whiskey Dalton Welcome Williams, 20, who was in the Denton County Jail on Sunday in lieu of $100,000 bail, according to jail records.

Williams was arrested shortly after the Wednesday afternoon shooting at a Denton residence and he was booked into jail on a charge of aggravated assault causing serious bodily injury, authorities said. At that time, Walters was rushed to the Denton hospital in critical condition.

Walters died the next day, but authorities had not changed the charges as of late Sunday.

Williams now faces a charge of manslaughter, said Denton police officer Shane Kizer on Sunday.

Denton police responded to a call of men fighting and a gunshot shortly after 4:30 p.m. Wednesday in the 600 block of Boardwalk Lane in Denton.

A man who was with a group of other people showed up at Williams' residence, Kizer said.

Williams, who felt threatened, brandished a handgun, according to Denton police reports.

"The man hit Williams' arm and at some point the gun fired," Kizer said.

The gun shot hit his girlfriend.

Williams who was living at the Denton home where the fight started was taken into custody.

Jail records indicated that he also goes by the name of Bubba Williams. Records show Whiskey Dalton Williams has a criminal history in Denton County.

Since November 2011, Williams has been arrested four times by Denton police, Denton County deputies and Texas Parks and Wildlife wardens, mostly on charges of drug possession. In a majority of those cases, he was in possession of marijuana, according to records.

Williams was last arrested in September on suspicion of driving with a suspended license and three counts of possession of marijuana, the records indicated.

He has been sentenced to community service, 22 months probation and 120 days in jail on those charges, but his community service was revoked when he was found with more marijuana, according to records.

On the day of the shooting, Williams also failed to appear in court for a hearing on one of the drug possession charges, according to Denton County criminal court records.

Domingo Ramirez Jr., 817-390-7763

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