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.