Reward increased for information on fatal shooting

by Andrew Batten


Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officers converged on Rozzelles Ferry and Salem Church roads early Saturday morning, Nov. 20, to find out who shot and killed a 30-year-old man.

Officers distributed flyers asking for witnesses to come forward who might have information about the death of Waylon Clay Williams. The checkpoint, which ran from 1:30 to 2:30 a.m., was just a block from Rozzelles Ferry Road and Green Street where police officers found Williams shot to death on Sept. 22 about the same time in the morning.

Det. Garry McFadden, a 20-year homicide detective for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, is leading the investigation. He said the police have very little information about who is responsible for Waylon Williams’ death, why he was in the area where police found him or why someone would want him dead.

“We are getting very little on the case. The guy was not well known other than his surrounding friends and family,” McFadden said.

Authorities have increased the Crime Stoppers reward from $1,000 to $5,000 to encourage anyone who may have seen something suspicious that night to come forward.

McFadden and other detectives have returned to the area around the same time of night they believe Williams was shot to re-interview witnesses and get a better idea of who may have been coming and going through the area.

“We talked to some very good witnesses last week to clarify the information we had,” McFadden said. “Some good came of it but it was also bad because they clarified some information that we thought we had some good leads on. That turned out not to be the case.”

Williams never traveled very far from his Oakdale-area home where he mostly kept to the back porch where he spent his time sitting and drinking sodas until the early morning hours. He would occasionally wander around the Oakdale area at night, but he was always home and in bed by the time his mother, Sherrill Williams, woke.

Williams’ family last saw him at his house around 11:30 p.m., and another witness saw him about 12:30 a.m., McFadden said.

Police found Williams about two miles away from his house, in the middle of Rozzelles Ferry Road and Green Street after a woman called 911 about 2:12 a.m. on Sept. 22 and reported seeing the man lying in the road.

Anyone who was in the area of that intersection that morning between the hours of 1 a.m. and 2:30 a.m. and may have witnessed or heard something suspicious is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600 or Det. McFadden at 704-336-6045.

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