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Ottumwa shooting suspect now faces attempted murder charge

Michael James Williams, 24, of Ottumwa/Wapello County Jail

Wapello County prosecutors have filed additional charges against an Ottumwa man accused of shooting a teenager in the leg two months ago.

Just days after the Oct. 7 shooting on Ellis Avenue, police arrested 24-year-old Michael James Williams and charged him with Intimidation with a Dangerous Weapon and Carrying Weapons.

On Nov. 20, Wapello County Attorney Gary Oldenburger tells KTVO he added three more felony charges to this case: Attempted Murder, Going Armed with Intent and Willful Injury Causing Serious Injury.

Williams has pleaded not guilty to the crimes. He's scheduled to face a jury May 14, 2019. A pretrial conference is set for April 22, 2019.

Investigators say the overnight shooting was the result of a drug deal gone wrong. Police were called to a report of gunshots in the 800 block of Ellis just after 3 a.m. There, they found a young man lying on the ground with a gunshot wound to his leg.

Neighbors told KTVO they were woken by the commotion, so they alerted authorities.

Oldenburger said no additional arrests have been made in connection with the Oct. 7 shooting, and he doesn't anticipate any future arrests.

Williams posted bond Oct. 10, and was released from the Wapello County Jail.

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