Bar shooting leads to attempted murder arrest

One man is charged with attempted murder for the second time in a year after a shooting at the Bucksport Sports Bar.
One man is charged with attempted murder for the second time in a year after a shooting at the Bucksport Sports Bar.
Police arrested 25-year-old Kristen Jetel Williams, who was arrested last year for attempted murder.
Police arrested 25-year-old Kristen Jetel Williams, who was arrested last year for attempted murder.

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - One man is charged with attempted murder for the second time in a year after a shooting at the Bucksport Sports Bar.

The sign on the front door of the Bucksport Sports Bar reads "No weapons on premises," but police say they responded to the bar after hearing shots were fired.

Liquor bottles, beer cans, and leftover crime scene tape can still be found outside of the Bucksport Sports Bar.  During the early morning hours on October 15, police responded to a shooting. Their investigation lead them to 25-year-old Kristen Jetel Williams, who went back to jail.

"The person may re-offend but a year, is pretty quick," Solicitor Jimmy Richardson explained.

Though surprised by the time frame between the two crimes, Richardson was not surprised to see the same person doing the same crime.

"Whatever caused someone to shoot at someone one time would certainly make it easier to shoot at them again," Richardson said.

Police say the fight between two groups started inside of the bar, and as the fight broke up and the victims went to leave, they were followed and shot at by Williams and three others.

The report says one woman suffered gunshot wounds through her lower legs, specifically between her calf and ankle.

Police say the suspects sped after the victims' car down Highway 701, but the suspects drove off as the victims got closer to Conway.

The four suspects in the report all have the same last name, but police could not confirm how they were related.

After looking into it a bit more, Richardson found Kristen Jetel Williams' last attempted murder charge from November 2013 was dropped in February of this year because the victim in that case was not cooperative.

He explains with similar cases, this can be challenging.

"We make every effort to get that person into court, to get that person into our office just to talk with them, is a herculean effort," Richardson said. He admits without that key witness, it's harder to make a conviction.

"Jurors tend to be very unforgiving in that circumstance," Richardson said.

Though Williams' last charge was dismissed, Solicitor Richardson says information like that is important to him as a prosecutor and he takes re-offending criminals very seriously.

"I really think that there's maybe somewhere around 5 percent of the criminal population doing 25 to 30 percent of all the crime," Richardson said.

Williams is currently being held at the J. Reuben Long Detention Center without bond. The three other suspects are still on the loose.

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