Local Shooting Suspect Acquitted

A convicted drug dealer, charged with shooting a man at a local gas station last August, will not be going to prison.

It took Bay County jurors about 20 minutes to find 24-year-old Canom "Candyman" Williams not guilty of aggravated battery Tuesday afternoon.

Williams allegedly shot a man named Arthur Collier on August 28 at the Cannon Oil gas station in the 1500 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

Collier claimed Williams opened his car door, put a 9-millimeter pistol to his thigh and fired. The bullet shattered Collier's femur bone. Despite the wound, he drove himself to a local hospital for treatment.

Apparently the jury didn't buy the story and acquitted Williams.

Williams previously been charged with possession of cocaine with intent to distribute and possession of narcotics paraphernalia. Both of those charges are from 2000.

In 2001 he faced charges of battery, resisting arrest with violence, witness tampering and aggravated assault. In all, he served 22 months in jail.


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