MANATEE — The 18-year-old man charged with shooting a Bayshore High School cheerleader to death is being held without bond after going before Judge Doug Henderson this morning.
Daniel Floyd Williams of Palmetto turned himself in late Saturday at the sheriff’s office after he heard detectives were searching for him to arrest him on a murder warrant. The warrant stated Williams could not bond out.
This morning, Henderson appointed Williams a public defender, even though the teen said his mother had plans to hire a private attorney.
Williams is accused of firing a gun at a vehicle after speaking to four girls in a car outside Southeast High School Friday night, about 30 to 45 minutes after the high school’s season opening football game had ended, according to the warrant.
Three Bayshore High cheerleaders — including 17-year-old Jasmine Thompson, who was shot to death — were inside the car and went to the high school at about 10:45 p.m. to pick up another girl who cheers at Southeast.
The girl driving the car pulled onto 11th Street Court East off of 37th Avenue East to pick up the Southeast student.
The driver witnessed Williams approach the car while she was stopped, according to documents.
Williams asked the girls an offensive question, according to the warrant.
“The suspect then held his cell phone inside the vehicle to light the occupants and then walked away. The encounter lasted approximately one to two minutes.”
The Southeast cheerleader then got into the backseat where Thompson was sitting. Her back was turned towards Thompson as she spoke to an unidentified male.
“When the defendant was only a short distance from the vehicle, (the driver) witnessed the suspect shooting toward the vehicle,” according to the warrant.
The girls told investigators they heard four shots fired.
After the shooting, the driver told authorities she immediately left the area to drop off Thompson.
Thompson planned on meeting a friend at her home and going out for karaoke, according to family members.
None of the occupants was aware Thompson had been shot until they arrived at her residence in the 900 block of 32nd Avenue East, according to the warrant. After they arrived, they discovered Thompson was unresponsive and shot in the head.
Two of the girls in the car said they knew Williams prior to the incident.
The driver said she knew Williams through a business relationship between their mothers. The Southeast student said she knew Williams through his girlfriend.
The driver and the Southeast student both positively identified Williams as the killer. The front passenger said she couldn’t positively identify Williams, but said she saw the man fire one shot and she ducked.
Williams, who has a prior criminal history as a juvenile, had one adult arrest on disorderly conduct at Palmetto High School, according to authorities. Williams listed himself as a student, according to the Manatee County Jail Web site.