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Spring Term Grand Jury Results Released

BY JENNIFER CABRERA

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The results of the 2022 Spring Term Grand Jury have been announced, including a murder at the Stayable Select Hotel, a shooting death at the Wawa in East Gainesville, and a murder committed during an armed robbery.

Brian Scott Burns has been indicted for first degree premeditated murder in the July 9 death of Mary Joy Williamson and also indicted for tampering with physical evidence. Williamson’s body was found at the Stayable Select Hotel, and post Miranda, Burns confessed to the murder, reportedly saying that he became angry with her and head-butted her, which caused her to start bleeding; he then choked her until she lost consciousness. He then reportedly said that after she lost consciousness, he grabbed a letter opener and stabbed her multiple times in the heart, then placed a belt around her neck and wrapped her head in a garbage bag. He reportedly said that he then took a shower, changed clothes, and sprayed bleach around the room “to destroy his DNA.” He is being held without bond on the murder charge. Assistant State Attorney Pamela Gordon presented the investigation, and Judge Meshon Rawls presided over the hearing.

Zamont’e Demetri Hartsfield has been indicted for first degree murder in the death of Wallace Clifton Lee, Jr., on April 5. He was also indicted for attempted felony murder for shooting in the direction of Christopher Moore and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Hartsfield allegedly shot into a car where Lee and Moore were sitting during a “drug deal gone wrong” at the Wawa on East University Avenue. Hartsfield is being held without bond on the murder charge. Assistant State Attorney Deborah Rothenburg presented the investigation, and Judge Meshon Rawls presided over the hearing.

Alderious Jerrad White and Jason Travis Ward have been indicted for first degree felony murder in the death of D’halani Lanair Armstrong on July 19. White and Ward allegedly shot Armstrong during a home invasion robbery, and both were also charged with attempted home invasion robbery with a firearm and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Tiara Luckie was indicted for accessory after the fact for giving aid to White and Ward, “knowing that they had committed the felony of Home Invasion Robbery and 1st Degree Murder.”

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White and Ward are being held without bond on the murder charge; Luckie is being held on $250,000 bond. Assistant State Attorney Michael Becker presented the investigation, and Judge Meshon Rawls presided over the hearing.

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