Man accused in quadruple shooting arraigned in Oneida County Court

Earl Davis // WKTV

A Utica man accused of shooting four people, and killing one, was arraigned in Oneida County Court Friday morning on multiple charges.

Posted: Oct 15, 2021 12:52 PM
Updated: Oct 15, 2021 2:06 PM

UTICA, N.Y. -- A Utica man accused of shooting four people, and killing one, was arraigned in Oneida County Court Friday morning on multiple charges.

Phillip Williams, 38, is charged with second-degree murder, three counts of attempted murder and criminal possession of a weapon. He has pleaded not guilty.

Williams allegedly fired several shots into a home on Noyes Street, hitting four men. Donte L. Harris, 23, was shot in the head and died in the hospital a few days later. The three other victims were also hit; one in the chest, one in the legs and the third in the abdomen. Police say none of those injuries were considered life-threatening.

The prosecution claims Williams was retaliating to a prior shooting.

“This was a retaliatory strike, that was planned and choreographed by Mr. Williams, from a previous shooting incident. He ambushed Mr. Street, Mr. McWilliams as well as Mr. Rivera by sneaking up a driveway, armed with a pistol, where he fired numerous rounds into a residence, which penetrated the side of a house, in which an infant resided. Where he struck four people; fatally. Donte Harris,” said prosecutor, Sarah DeMellier. 

The defense argued for a low bail amount, but the judge denied bail altogether.

Williams is scheduled to return to court Nov. 19.

 

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