Three others arrested during execution of warrant for shooting suspect


Three other people were also arrested during the execution of a warrant for the arrest of shooting suspect Joshua Tyler Williams yesterday.

Cody Lee Deal, 36, also lives at the location where Williams was arrested. He was found to have two handguns and ammunition in his bedroom. Deal is a convicted felon who is not permitted to possess firearms. He was convicted of drug possession in October 2021 and sentenced to 90 days in jail with credit for 48 days served. He is being held on $150,000 bail.

Amanda Crystal Grayer, 40, was charged with accessory after the fact to a capital felony and possessing a structure where drugs are manufactured or distributed with a minor present. She is described as “the main member of this household” and was connected to Williams early in the investigation. Sheriff’s deputies had made contact with her twice, letting her know they were looking for Williams. The search warrant of her house was granted by Judge Kreider.

Williams was located in the master bedroom, in a “void within a wall.” Items were placed in front of the area where was hiding, indicating that others had to help him hide.

During the search, a large number of drugs and drug paraphernalia were reportedly found in the house, including items related to the distribution of methamphetamines. Narcotics were found throughout the home, both in bedrooms and in common areas. The quantity of drugs was found to be “consistent with distribution quantities.” In post Miranda interviews, at least two residents of the home admitted to using methamphetamine, and Grayer’s juvenile son was present and lives in the home. Grayer is being held on $175,000 bail.

Kristian Lee Lajoie, 26, had a firearm with his personal possessions. Lajoie told a deputy that he lived at the home and slept on the couch. He admitted to possession of the pistol. Lajoie was convicted on drug possession charges in April 2021 and sentenced to 90 days in jail with credit for 88 days served. He is being held on $150,000 bail.

Joshua Tyler Williams, 28, the shooting suspect, was last convicted on battery and drug possession charges in April 21, with a sentence of one year and 7 days with credit for 234 days served. He has been charged with attempted first degree murder, armed burglary, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and is being held on $1,250,000 bail.

Williams was arrested after a warrant was issued in connection with a January 24 shooting in the 5000 block of SW 63rd Court. The shooting sent a male victim to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

The charges filed in the case allege that Williams attempted to kill Andrew Jonathan Morrison “with a premeditated design” by shooting him but failed. He is also alleged to have entered Morrison’s home without permission with the intent to shoot him and was armed at the time with a pistol. As a convicted felon, Williams has also been charged with illegally possessing a concealed firearm.

Articles about arrests are based on reports from law enforcement agencies. The charges listed are taken from the arrest report and/or court records and are only accusations. All suspects are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. 

  • Instead of banning plastic bags and straws, maybe the city and county commissions should focus more on banning this kind of trash. These are the types of individuals who have found a place to welcome them – Gainesville/Alachua county – the sanctuary communities.

    Progressive Liberal policies…the real disease in this country.

    • C’mon man…plastic straws are getting caught in turtles’
      Noses in oceans on the other side of the world and
      That’s a bigger problem than convicted felons with
      Guns here…we want convicted felon neighbors to come here, give
      Them free housing, and a monthly stipend so they
      “Can sorta build back better”… citizens can speak
      and address local government by signing up on
      A list, and you have to wear a mask, and you get 3min! You can set up
      Shop in the street median and engage in commerce
      And have first amendment rights and your piles
      Of possessions in shopping carts are ok blocking sidewalks
      Along with those electric scooters. Stay at home and
      Be a superhero and we’ll pay you not to work. This is
      Shangri la…”the big rock candy mountain” for vagrants
      And felons…we got Grace market place… send your down trodden huddled masses here…we’re a sanctuary city….we like open boarders. Send all your illegal
      aliens and criminals here…we got American rescue
      Funds to disperse…we got a tenant bill of rights and
      We’ll get those nasty landlords with rent control next
      Because housing is a right and should be free…we
      Need more affordable housing…you know, with gates
      In front to stop crime…

  • There needs to be a new investigative NGO to follow up on these people’s background histories, where they came from, how they turned down the wrong road… as a teachable lesson. Schools should too. Instead of just “welcoming” them to keep doing what they do, us being such a non-judgmental city of drug dealers and panhandlers whi can’t find jobs or housing in a college town, duh.

    • Jeff, that’s nonsense…We need: “ if you’re a convicted felon and have or
      Use a gun, then you’re done. 10,20, life. Zero tolerance.”

  • Look at my neck tattoo…that doesn’t mean I’m
    A drug addict or convicted felon…

  • Don’t question Authority. We need to stop climate
    Change and have inclusivity. Welcome the 5th
    Industrial revolution. Have you gotten both your
    Shots and the booster yet? Those damn Canadian
    Truckers…what if American truckers did that here?
    Everyone should have an N95 mask like our GNV CC.

    • That’s right. We should be doing what the WEF and
      The UN wants…welcome the new world order & great
      Reset. One world government will be heaven on earth…
      Let’s do away with cash and go digital. How convenient
      That we will have all your health information and financial information nanotechnologied into your body
      And you won’t need a wallet for ID because wi-fi, blue tooth, an apple iPhone, & the internet will interface
      All of that. Quantum computers are as fast as god. If you don’t get you’re next booster, you will be denied access
      To commerce until you comply. Artificial intelligence.
      You cannot stop the 5th industrial revolution from happening. We’re gonna stop climate change and
      Have inclusivity.

      • Those drug addicts and felons won’t be able to
        Engage in commerce…they will go right to the FEMA
        Camp for “re-education”.

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