PREVIOUS COVERAGE | Teen charged as an adult in death of Dejuan Williams

rnapper@bradenton.comAugust 27, 2009 

MANATEE — Prosecutors have charged a Bradenton teen as an adult in the shooting death of 18-year-old Dejuan Williams earlier this month.

Byron Galloway, 16, a former Southeast High School student, faces charges of second-degree murder and aggravated assault. He has been moved from a juvenile detention center to the Manatee County jail, according to Assistant State Attorney Ed Brodsky.

Galloway is accused of shooting Williams Aug. 3 in the backyard of Williams’ home in the 4400 block of York Drive. Sheriff’s reports say Williams came home to find Galloway in his backyard while checking on his 14-year-old sister.

The sister told authorities Galloway had been in her home against her parents’ rules and climbed out a bedroom window when Williams arrived. Sheriff’s reports say Williams approached Galloway holding a baseball bat as Galloway hid behind a shed.

Galloway at first apologized to Williams, before pulling out a pistol and shooting him, sheriff’s reports said.

Sheriff’s officials still do not know where Galloway got the gun, according to sheriff’s spokesman Dave Bristow.

Galloway is being held without bond.

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