LOCKPORT – A woman originally charged with murder in a Sept. 28 slaying in Niagara Falls will not be indicted on that charge, Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III revealed Friday.
Murphy announced from the bench that Cammesoa M. Williams, 42, of Winston-Salem, N.C., has been indicted by a Niagara County grand jury on a charge of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, not second-degree murder.
The revelation came as Williams’ attorney, Herbert L. Greenman, successfully sought bail for his client.
After a conference with Greenman and Deputy District Attorney Doreen M. Hoffmann in his chambers, Murphy announced the outcome of the grand jury probe and set bail at $5,000 cash or $10,000 bond.
Hoffmann said she couldn’t discuss the grand jury outcome because the indictment hasn’t been handed up. Murphy said an arraignment will be held in about a week.
Williams and her boyfriend, Richard H. Moore, 50, of Winston-Salem, were charged with the shooting death of Tijuana Davis, 39, in the victim’s apartment on North Avenue in the Falls.
Police reported at the time that after an argument, Moore shot Davis in the abdomen shortly before 4 a.m. Moore and Williams then left briefly in their rental car, but soon returned. Police originally said that Williams, using the same gun Moore had allegedly used, then shot the fallen Davis in the buttocks.
Greenman said Williams was born in Lockport, and she and Moore had come to Niagara Falls to attend a wedding. They were going to stay in Davis’ apartment in the 1800 block of North Avenue.
Greenman said if Williams makes bail, she will stay with a friend on Prospect Street in Lockport. Murphy said she must obey a 10 p.m. curfew and report every week to a probation officer.
Williams has no prior criminal convictions in New York, but does have two larceny convictions in North Carolina.