Press release from Office of State Attorney, 8th Judicial Circuit
State Attorney Brian Kramer presented a review of the Alachua Sheriff’s Office deputy-involved shooting incident that occurred on March 5th, 2021, to The Alachua County Fall Term Grand Jury. The Citizens of Alachua County returned a No True Bill clearing all deputies involved in the shooting death of Gregory Williams, 7-15-1988. Williams was involved in a domestic argument during which he shot his mother and then shot at law enforcement officers. Williams died due to his injuries. All Deputies were justified in their use of deadly force in this incident. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement handled the investigation.
Assistant State Attorney Brian Rodgers and Assistant State Attorney Pamela Gordon presented to the Alachua County Fall Term Grand Jury, State vs Joseph William Branham, 12/25/1994. The Citizens of Alachua County returned a True Bill indicting Joseph Branham for first degree murder and tampering with physical evidence. The Gainesville Police Department’s investigation led to the arrest of Branham for the unlawful killing of his father, Joseph Craig Branham, on August 4th, 2021. Joseph William Branham is held at the Alachua County Department of the Jail.
The finding of a TRUE BILL means that the defendants will now be arraigned and will face trial at a later date.
The Honorable Meshon T. Rawls received the grand jury findings and no bond was issued on the first degree murder counts for the Branham.