A suspect has been identified in the killing of two Nevada Troopers on a freeway in Las Vegas. The person charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated in an accident that claimed the lives of two troopers made their initial court appearance on Friday.
The man has been identified as Jemarcus Williams.
Who is Jemarcus Williams?
Jemarcus Williams is 46 years old. Williams is charged with two counts each of failing to stop at the site of a crash involving death, DUI resulting in death, and reckless driving leading to death.
He was established a $500,000 bail by a hearing master in Las Vegas Justice Court during his court appearance. A prosecution disclosed during the trial that Jemarcus Williams was visibly drunk, as shown by a police record, and had been drinking at the Palms casino. He was removed from the casino property by security, who threatened to call the police if he tried to get into his car. Williams got around this, though, by going to the pavement and hiding behind a tree until the security personnel departed.
Williams later confessed, the prosecutor said, even though he first denied any involvement.
Williams’ designated defense counsel asked for a $20,000 bond, citing his track record of employment and lack of prior absences.
Around 3:23 a.m. on Thursday, Sgt. Michael Abbate and Trooper Alberto Felix of the Nevada State Police assisted a motorist on I-15 near D Street, according to a report from the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police. They had pulled over to see how a driver who looked to be asleep behind the wheel was doing.
According to data from the justice and municipal courts, Jemarcus Williams has a significant history of driving violations going back at least to 2000. According to documents filed in Las Vegas Municipal Court, he was arrested in 2007 on suspicion of DUI and entered a no-contest plea.