Houston woman who pleaded guilty to murder in the shooting death of a
friend has been sentenced to 35 years in prison, Harris County District
Attorney Kim Ogg announced.
we’re seeing more disputes ending in gunfire than ever before,” Ogg
said. “Arguments should never be settled with a gun, and people who use
with bad intentions, like in this case, will be held accountable.”
Williams, 32, pleaded guilty to murder earlier this month for shooting
34-year-old James Earl Harp at her north Houston home on March 13, 2020.
a father of six, was known in the neighborhood as a jokester. He needed
a temporary place to stay and went to Williams’ house in the 7300 block
of Schuller, where
Williams, her brother, and another friend stayed. The four had known
each other since high school.
Harp and Williams got into an argument that lasted at least an hour until she eventually shot him.
was still alive after being shot, and Williams directed her brother and
their friend to load him into the back of their pickup truck and drive
him to a rural area
where they dumped his body in a ditch.
friends and family, including his 16-year-old daughter, gave victim
impact statements on Monday before Williams’ formal sentencing.
She cannot appeal the conviction or the sentence and must serve at least half of the time before becoming eligible for parole.
two men who helped Williams, 33-year-old Shannon Williams and
31-year-old Desman Tolliver, pleaded guilty in 2021 for their roles and
were each sentenced to 12 years
District Attorney Elizabeth Liberman, who is assigned to the DA’s trial
bureau, prosecuted the case with ADA Brett Batchelor.
got into a fight over nothing that resulted in a death that didn’t have
to happen,” Liberman said. “She knew he was a jovial guy with a family
who was not a threat
to anyone, and she could have just walked away instead of doing what