Four indicted for murder

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Charges could potentially lead to death penalty

By Forrest Berkshire, Editor

The four people accused in the killing of a Bardstown teenager earlier this week could potentially face the death penalty after a Nelson County grand jury returned four indictments for murder and other charges.


The grand jury Wednesday returned indictments of one count of murder, one count of complicity to murder, one count of first-degree robbery and one count of complicity to first-degree robbery on each of the four suspects, Shelmontay Adams, Damion Murphy, Alexis Gribbins and Torique Griffin.

“The charges of murder in conjunction with the charge of first-degree robbery qualify as death penalty eligible, pursuant to Kentucky law,” Commonwealth’s Attorney Terry Geoghegan said.

Geoghegan said his office will decide whether to pursue the death penalty after prosecutors further review evidence in the on-going investigation and consult with the victim’s family.

The indictments stem from the slaying of Cameron Wess Williamson, a 17-year-old Bardstown student, early Monday morning.

While all four suspects were charged with murder and first-degree robbery individually, they also face complicity to each crime. Under state law, a person is “guilty of an offense committed by another person” when they participate and aid another person in the commission of a crime, or fail to make an effort to prevent the commission of the crime in certain circumstances.

Police say Adams was the one who pulled the trigger during a planned robbery of Williamson, who was allegedly meeting them to sell some marijuana. The four conspired together to rob Williamson, investigators say. Adams told police that a struggle ensued during the robbery and he accidentally shot the boy.

The shooting happened in the vicinity of a strip mall near the Nelson County Justice Center just after midnight Monday. Murphy and Gribbins then drove him to the Five Star on East Stephen Foster, where police responded to a 12:32 a.m. 911 call. Police administered CPR to him but he died from a gunshot wound that appeared to be in his upper chest, just below the throat.

Adams, 21, and Griffin, 19, were arrested later that day in Campbellsville. Campbellsville University confirmed that Griffin was a freshman at the school this year and he was listed as a wide receiver on the university’s football team from Pascagoula, Miss. Gribbins, 19, also has an address listed as Cambellsville. Murphy has an address listed as Lebanon, although Nelson County Jailer Dorcas Figg said she believed he had been living in Louisville. He turned 18 on May 5.

The four were arraigned in lower court Tuesday where bond was set at $1 million.