MANATEE — They called him “Giant.”
That was the term of endearment many had for slain Palmetto Parks and Recreation Department employee and former Lincoln Memorial High School football star Willie Lee Jones, his grieving family said Sunday.
At a first appearance hearing Sunday at the Manatee County Judicial Center, Manatee County Judge John Lakin found probable cause to set a $1 million bond for Jones’ longtime friend and retired Palmetto parks worker, George Williamson Jr., 70, the man detectives say fatally shot Jones at 10:50 p.m. Friday at Williamson’s home, in the 5000 block of 13th Street West on Snead Island in Palmetto.
Although a motive for Manatee County’s first homicide of 2014 was not given Sunday, testimony before Lakin focused on disturbing instances of alcohol and firearms abuse in Williamson’s past.
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