PANAMA CITY -- A Panhandle man faces 20 years in prison for fatally stabbing another man during a party.
As part of a deal with Bay County prosecutors, 25-year-old Chesley Williams agreed to plead no contest Wednesday to second-degree murder. His trial had been scheduled for next week. He had been claiming self-defense.
Authorities say Williams stabbed 23-year-old Paul Anthony Brown at the Bluewater Inn in January. Both men had been outside smoking cigarettes when they got into a fight. There were no witnesses to the stabbing, and it’s not clear how they began to argue. Prosecutors say Williams stabbed Brown six to nine times.