Guilty as Charged: Second Degree Murder and Burglary

Steven Lemar Williams, 24, was found guilty as charged of Second Degree Murder with a
Firearm and First Degree Burglary While Armed. The jury returned the guilty verdict tonight
after deliberating for just under two hours, following a four-day trial in Lee County.

On August 3, 2017 just after 8 p.m., officers with the Fort Myers Police Department responded
to an apartment building on Central Avenue after 911 calls came in asking for police. A 21-yearold man was found shot once in the head. His 20-year-old girlfriend said she had been selling
baby clothes and other items on a popular selling app and had been doing a sale from the
apartment when two masked intruders came in with guns drawn.

Her boyfriend emerged from his bedroom and exchanged gunfire with the intruders before he
was hit. He was pronounced dead at the hospital. The woman shielded her young child as
multiple shots were fired. An infant was in a crib in a back room.

There are two co-defendants in this case, Ronald Ashley and Jacques Brown, both have been
previously sentenced to 25 years in prison. Williams is scheduled to be sentenced on March 23

Assistant State Attorney Hamid Hunter of our Homicide Unit and Assistant State Attorney
Stephanie Russell prosecuted all three of the cases.

Samantha Syoen
Communications Director
State Attorney’s Office