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Florida man arrested for murder one week after being released from jail over coronavirus

2 years 11 months 1 week ago Wednesday, April 15 2020 Apr 15, 2020 April 15, 2020 1:16 PM April 15, 2020 in News
Source: ABC News
Photo: Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office

TAMPA, Fla. - A Florida man was arrested for murder just a week after he was released from jail as a preventive measure against the spread of the coronavirus.

Joseph Edward Williams was released March 19 after an administrative order aimed at lowering the risk of COVID-19 spread within the Hillsborough County jail, police said. Williams, 26, was being held there on $2,500 bond for felony and misdemeanor drug charges.

But Williams allegedly shot and killed someone in Tampa just seven days later. He was arrested April 13 for second-degree murder, resisting an officer with violence, felon in possession of a firearm, possession of heroin and possession of drug paraphernalia, authorities said. A judge set bail at $250,000.

Police said Williams has a long criminal history that includes felony burglary and drug convictions.

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