Day 1 of murder trial reveals graphic details of Hutto police officer's death
An emotional day at the Williamson County Justice Center as jurors heard details about the death of a Hutto Police officer. Colby Williamson stands charged with the death of Hutto Police Sgt. Chris Kelley.
In this opening day of his murder trial we heard about Williamson’s alleged meth use and how it may have contributed to his actions that day. But we also heard graphic details about how Sgt. Kelley was injured trying to arrest him.
Hutto honored Sgt. Kelley as a fallen hero following his death in 2015. He was remembered as an officer who died in the line of duty. But Tuesday a Williamson County jury saw the gritty details of the events that led to his death. It was all laid out before them as the trial began for Colby Williamson.
In graphic detail prosecutors described how Williamson allegedly took control of Sgt. Kelley’s patrol car to make his escape. Prosecutor Dee McWilliams detailed how Williamson, “…ran over Chris Kelley’s head… and crushes his skull.”
But Williamson’s attorney says the evidence tells a different story. Joe Sawyer told jurors, “You’ll conclude what happened is that as he fell back he struck his skull. That impact is what caused those fractures. Not anyone running him over.”
Prosecutors blame Williamson alone for Sgt. Kelley’s death telling jurors the crime comes down to three simple words: “choices, actions, consequences.” But Sawyer counters, “The question that you have to answer as jurors sworn to God to do your duty is what really happened. What was the emotion? Was it choice or was it panic?”
If convicted Williamson faces up to 99 years in prison. The death penalty is off the table because it would be hard to prove that Williamson went in with the intent to kill Sgt. Kelley. His lawyer argues he wasn’t even trying to hurt him. He was just trying to avoid being arrested.