A very disturbing and dramatic video was released by Oklahoma authorities which shows an altercation between a bail bond agent and one of her clients which happened inside her office nearly a year ago.
Local area authorities had previously charged 42-year-old Chastity Dawn Carey with first-degree murder after the August 9th shooting, but jurors on Friday didn’t agree and cleared her of any wrongdoing. So she walked free.
Reports say the mother and son team were planning on taking Williams who was free on bail back into custody. But as seen clearly in the video when the pair tried to put him in cuffs in order to “Talk to him” he became increasingly agitated as he stood up and kept dodging efforts to restrain him.
In the final part of the clip, you can see Williams trying to dig through the bail bonds agent’s desk drawer. But Carey then reaches into the top drawer, grabs a gun, and shoots him.
Brandon Williams, who was shot on August 2017 had been arrested a month earlier on two counts of second-degree burglary and possession of marijuana. But today he is dead.
Carey claimed during her trial that she is “not used” to violent situations and that all she did was beat Williams to the gun, who then fled and she shot him in the back. Prosecutors argued that Carey shot Williams dead after he was “no longer a threat.”
A bail bondsman who isn’t used to being in a violent situation and is seen calmly shooting a suspect in her office? A man who was arrested for just weed possession and burglary is now dead because he walked into his bail bonds office on his own accord? Although we probably don’t know the entire story the jury heard let’s hope justice was served and maybe this woman, now that she is free, decides to go for a career change, don’t you agree?
Here is more on this tragic and odd story via Stillwater News Press:
“Chasity Dawn Carey, who was charged in August with first-degree murder after shooting 38-year-old Brandon Williams in the back at her Signature Bail Bonds office, was acquitted Friday. It took jurors less than three hours to determine Carey was not guilty.
“This was self-defense from day one,” defense attorney Jarrod Stevenson said. Stevenson said video of the shooting, which Carey’s son Justin Henderson captured on a GoPro-style camera after placing it on a bookshelf in the office, was not as vindictive as the prosecution said, for it “only showed half” of the events leading up to Carey firing her pistol at Williams.
Emilie Kirkpatrick of Carey’s defense team described the trial as “emotional,” echoed by the tears and gasps of Carey and her family when the verdict was read aloud Friday afternoon. At multiple points throughout the trial, Carey or Henderson broke down in tears when recounting Aug. 9, 2017, and their relationship with the 38-year-old man.
“I was scared,” Carey said while on the stand Thursday. “I’m not used to being in violent situations, like at all.”
Carey operates Signature Bail Bonds out of an office on the third floor of the Town Center building, located in the 100 block of West Seventh Avenue. After bonding Williams out for $35,000 on July 31, Carey testified he texted her Aug. 8 saying he was “gone to Florida,” leading to her and son Justin Henderson planning on how to get him to her office so they could take him into custody before he jumped his bail.
They came up with the idea that Henderson would offer to buy Williams’ Ford Mustang for $4,000, which they had taken as collateral for the fee Carey charged Williams when she bonded him out. Henderson testified that after Carey locked the deadbolt of the office door while he and Williams discussed cars, Williams “just went crazy.”
Henderson was not initially able to describe what he saw happen in the moments before Carey shot Williams, and broke down several times in court. That was consistent with reports from law enforcement who encountered Henderson after the shooting took place. But he did remember Williams and Carey both shoving each other near the doorway after he refused to be handcuffed, and as Williams attempted to crouch through the window behind Carey’s desk to flee using the fire escape on the north side of the building, Henderson said Williams “reached” to the drawer in which Carey stored a gun.
“I don’t even know how he got the gun, how I had the gun, I just know I pulled the trigger and he went out the window yelling at me, ‘You f—— shot me,’” Carey told Stillwater Police detective Kyle Bruce in an August interview.
According to the instructions presented to the jury after evidence and testimony was given in court, “no person may be convicted of murder in the first degree unless the State has proved beyond a reasonable doubt each element of the crime.” The listed elements are that someone died, their death was unlawful, the defendant caused the death and that it was caused by malice aforethought.
“‘Malice aforethought’ means a deliberate intention to take away the life of a human being. As used in these instructions, ‘malice aforethought’ does not mean hatred, spite or ill-will. The deliberate intent to take a human life must be formed before the act and must exist at the time a homicidal act is committed. No particular length of time is required for formation of this deliberate intent. The intent may have been formed instantly before commission of the act.”
After video of the shooting was shown to the jury Thursday, Bruce said he timed a 6-7 second period between Williams leaving through the window and Carey taking her gun from the drawer and shooting him.
Edana Stroberg of the Oklahoma Office of the Chief Medical Examiner testified Wednesday and said that the bullet, which entered from the right part of Williams’ back and exited his left pectoral, hit both lungs, his aorta and heart while traveling in an upward direction and he would have died “from seconds to a minute.”
Stroberg said this was consistent with testimony that Williams had to crouch to step through the window and onto the balcony, before landing facedown where witnesses found him – Bruce described Carey as leaning against the desk and shooting one bullet at Williams.
Bruce said the video contradicted statements Williams “reached” for the gun or that a struggle took place in that time period. But the defense maintained throughout that the camera was unable to capture the entire incident due to its placement.
The window on the north side of the office wall where Williams exited, as well as the door entering the office near the southeast corner, can not be seen in the video. Stevenson said after the verdict Friday that 6-7 second period proved Williams had no intent to leave the office and avoid being handcuffed.
“He looked like someone … (who had been) in a prison yard working out,” Carey said of Williams. She also described him as making her more uncomfortable and nervous in the short time she knew him, whether due to becoming easily agitated or making brief physical contact with her leg or her 20-year-old daughter’s neck they deemed inappropriate. She described Williams’ flirting with her as “continual.”
“I honestly planned on grabbing and ‘cuffing him, but I froze. … (As Williams moved toward the desk and window) I thought, ‘Oh s—, there’s a gun in this room.” Carey said that due to her attempt to handcuff Williams, she and Henderson not having $4,000 they told Williams they would pay for his Ford Mustang, and due to a “look in his eyes,” she was worried he would get the gun and shoot her and Henderson.”