A Criminal Court jury Thursday also convicted defendant Christopher G. Williams of being a convicted felon in possession of a handgun. The murder carries an automatic sentence of life in prison.
Williams, who has four other felony cases pending, will be sentenced on the handgun offense next month by Judge James Lammey Jr.
On Sept. 4, 2016, authorities found the body of 39-year-old Anthony Beason in the 1600 block of South Lauderdale. He had been shot multiple times.
An investigation led to Williams who said he saw Beason and followed him, looking for a place to shoot him. Williams, who also lived in the area, confessed to the killing and can be heard laughing during parts of his tape-recorded statement.
The case was handled by Chief Prosecutor Paul Hagerman of the DA’s Crime Strategies Prosecution Unit (CSPU) and by Asst. Dist. Atty. Jamie Kidd.
The CSPU incorporates and expands the work of the Multi-Agency Gang Unit, the Organized Crime Unit, Project Safe Neighborhood/Gundone, GunStat, the Safe Streets Task Force and the Violent Crime Unit.