A Solano County Superior Court judge paused and rescheduled the trial earlier this month for a 19-year-old Fairfield man charged with the fatal shooting of a Vanden High student athlete on Easter 2021 in Fairfield.
Judge Carlos R. Gutierrez ordered James Sterling Shawn Williams, previously scheduled for a March 15 preliminary hearing and readiness conference in Division 9, to return at 8:30 a.m. April 25 for the same trial at the Fairfield Justice Center.
Williams is being represented by Fairfield criminal defense attorney Curtis C. Boyd.
Fairfield Police Investigators allege Williams shot and killed Daniel Dejon Hughes, 17, of Fairfield, on April 4; The teenager died a few days later. Police officers, who referred to Williams as the victim’s friend, later ruled the shooting was a homicide.
The events unfolded around 4:40 p.m. when officers were responding to a report of a gunshot victim in a vehicle on the 1000 block of Broadway Street. They found Daniel in the vehicle with another young man, but the driver, who is said to be the suspect, had fled, according to investigators.
Officials performed life-saving procedures before Daniel, who played on the school’s football and basketball teams, was taken to NorthBay Medical Center in Fairfield.
An arrest warrant was then issued for the suspect identified as Williams, who was also a graduate of Vanden High.
Williams surrendered to police two days later. He was sentenced to the Solano County Jail on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon using a firearm; willful delivery of a firearm with gross negligence; carry a loaded pistol that he does not own; be underage in possession of a concealed weapon; and being underage in possession of ammunition.
He was arraigned April 8 in Solano County Superior Court in Fairfield, with bail set at $70,000. Williams posted bail on April 9, court filings show.
However, court filings also show that the Solano County District Attorney’s lawsuit against Williams was amended on May 28, but it’s unclear if that altered the charges originally recommended by Fairfield Police.
Williams posted reduced bail of $35,000 on June 1 and remains outside custody.
His final court date was preceded by significant turnout at the Travis Unified School District Board of Directors meeting on March 8, when nearly a dozen speakers — including the victim’s father, coaches, other adults and classmates — supported the idea of giving the Vanden High Name the stadium in Daniel’s honor or have the district help erect a monument of some kind to him at 2951 Markeley Lane campus in Fairfield.
Currently, the athletic field is named after George A. Gammon, but the stadium is not officially named, as supporters have pointed out to Superintendent Pamela Conklin, who dismissed the idea of naming the stadium during a March 10 meeting with some of the supporters.
Nonetheless, Dejon Hughes, Daniel Hughes’ father, some coaches, students and alumni pledged to continue their efforts to honor Daniel Hughes in some way.
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