Carter pleads not guilty to January 3 murder
2 months, 3 weeks ago by Bob Gough
Trial scheduled for May
Vincent Carter pleaded not guilty to first degree murder during his preliminary hearing in Adams County Circuit Court.
Judge Scott Walden found probable cause and the case is scheduled for a May jury trial. Carter, 44, is originally from Chicago but was living in Quincy at an apartment 219 S. 11th Street where he allegedly shot Terry Williams on January 3.
Assistant State’s Attorney Gary Farha questioned Quincy Police Detective Anjanette Biswell as the only witness during Wednesday’s hearing.
Biswell said there was a dispute between Carter and Williams about whether Carter had been paying rent to Tammy Taylor, whose name was on the lease of the apartment where Carter was staying with his girlfriend.
Biswell said Taylor told her that Williams was a friend of hers and he told Carter to get out of the apartment unless he was going to start paying his share of the rent.
Taylor told Biswell the argument escalated and Taylor heard three shots. Carter was seen with a small black pistol by multiple witnesses. Carter and his girlfriend then fled.
Williams was taken by ambulance to Blessing Hospital where he died. The autopsy results showed he died from gunshots from a .25 caliber weapon.
Carter was found the next day in a residence in the 700 block of N. 5th Street.
The case is set for the May 13 jury docket.