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Antwane Williams in custody Friday.
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Antwane Williams in custody Friday.

Man sought in wife's shooting gives self up to Decatur police

By Seth Burkett · 340-2355

After more than three weeks on the run, a man accused of shooting his wife in the face came out of hiding Friday, Decatur police said.

Antwane Williams, 29, fled to Texas following the July 2 shooting that critically injured 30-year-old Belinda Moore, investigators said.

Moore has since been released from the hospital and continues to improve, said Sgt. Steve Clark, a detective with the Special Victims Unit.

A neighbor told The Daily she witnessed the close-range shooting outside the couple's house at 1409 First Ave. S.W. and then saw a man running down the alley behind her house.

Williams had not been seen since the shooting, Clark said.

Knowing Williams had ties to Texas, where he had a history of domestic violence, investigators suspected he might go there, Clark said.

U.S. marshals joined in the hunt.

"I think with the pressure the U.S. Marshal Service put on him, he decided to turn himself in," Clark said.

Williams appeared at the police department Friday with a bondsman. Police arrested him on a warrant charging him with first-degree domestic violence.

Clark said the shooting arose out of a domestic situation. Williams' violence toward his wife had escalated, he said.

Moore was shot once in the face with what police believe to be a small-caliber handgun.

"We're in the process of attempting to locate the firearm used," said Clark. "The investigation is ongoing."

Police did not say whether they believe Williams intended to kill Moore.

"I think a reasonable person can look at the location where he shot her and the proximity (to her when the shot was fired) and draw their own conclusions," Clark said.

Williams did not respond to reporters' questions as police escorted him from City Hall to Morgan County Jail, where he was booked in and held in lieu of $100,000 bond. He had not been released as of 10 p.m. Friday.

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