Crime

March 21, 2014

Fort Worth man gets life sentence on murder charge

Johnny Williams, 25, died on an apartment complex sidewalk.

A Tarrant County jury sentenced a man to life in prison without parole on Friday for gunning down his ex-girlfriend’s boyfriend during a robbery.

The defendant, Jamelle “L.A.” Rasberry, 22, shouted an expletive after learning of the jury’s verdict and threw his glasses on the counsel table, according to a news release from the Tarrant County district attorney’s office.

Rasberry’s brother had to be restrained by sheriff’s deputies and investigators with the district attorney’s office and was sentenced to five days in jail for contempt of court, the release stated.

According to the release, Rasberry began plotting to rob Johnny Williams, 25, a drug dealer who was dating the mother of Rasberry’s child, in late 2012. Rasberry and four others drove in two separate cars to the Woods of Eastchase apartment complex in the 8500 block of Ederville Road in east Fort Worth on Dec. 28, 2012, the release said.

The group waited for several hours before Williams arrived at the apartment complex where his girlfriend lived, and then Rasberry shot Williams in the chest with a .410-gauge shotgun, the release said. The group fled without taking any money, the release said.

Williams died on the sidewalk outside his girlfriend’s apartment, according to the release. The four accused of being Rasberry’s accomplices — Jason Villareal, Javier Cordova, Corwon Martin and Jonathan Martin — were charged with capital murder and are in the Tarrant County jail awaiting trial, the release said.

“Johnny Williams had his faults but, like all victims, he deserved justice and a justice system that will fight for him,” prosecutor Joshua Ross said.

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