Denton man still in custody after girlfriend was wounded during his struggle with another man

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

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

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

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

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

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

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' home, 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 shot hit his girlfriend.

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

Jail records indicate that he also uses the name Bubba Williams. Records show that Whiskey Dalton Williams has a criminal history in Denton County.

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

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

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sentenced to community service, 22 months' probation and 120 days in jail on those charges, but his community service was revoked when he was found with more marijuana, according to records.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