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LOCKPORT – A North Carolina woman, who had been charged with firing a second shot into the body of a wounded friend, did not do so, attorneys in the case said after the defendant’s arraignment Tuesday in Niagara County Court.

Cammesoa M. Williams, 42, of Winston-Salem, N.C., was indicted only on a charge of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon in connection with the Sept. 28 slaying of her friend Tijuana Davis, 39, of North Avenue, Niagara Falls.

Monday, Williams’ boyfriend, Richard H. Moore, 50, of Winston-Salem, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and weapons charges. The couple came to Niagara Falls to attend the wedding of Williams’ cousin, and the homicide occurred after an argument in Davis’ apartment, where Williams and Moore reportedly intended to stay.

Police reported at the time of the slaying that after Moore allegedly shot Davis in the victim’s apartment, the couple left for a short time but soon returned, where Williams purportedly shot Davis in the buttocks.

It didn’t happen that way, attorneys said Tuesday.

Deputy District Attorney Doreen M. Hoffmann said Moore and Williams did return after Moore allegedly shot Davis, and Williams allegedly fired the gun again, but the shot struck a wall, not the woman.

“She was shot once,” Hoffmann said.

Court-appointed defense attorney Herbert L. Greenman said police found two wounds in Davis’ body and concluded she had been shot twice, but the autopsy led to a different conclusion.

“There are two wounds,” Greenman said. “There was an entrance wound and an exit wound.”

The fatal shot entered Davis’ torso and headed downward, the defense attorney said.

County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III continued bail for Williams at $5,000, and Greenman said he was optimistic it would be posted by her family soon. She remains in the County Jail for now.

Williams, a Lockport native, is not allowed to leave the area if she makes bail. She said she would live with a cousin on Prospect Street in Lockport.

Murphy set the bail Nov. 8, when he announced from the bench that Williams was not going to be indicted on a murder charge.

Williams and Moore, who is being held in lieu of $300,000 bail, are to return to court for a pretrial conference Jan. 27. The tentative trial date is April 7.

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