State Attorney for the First District, which includes Okaloosa County, Ginger Bowden Madden announced on Monday she would seek the death penalty for the man accused of killing Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Deputy Corporal Ray Hamilton in a Christmas-Eve shootout in Fort Walton Beach.
Timothy Price-Williams allegedly shot and killed the Okaloosa Sheriff’s Deputy in a Christmas Eve SWAT Team action. The raid brought Timothy Price-Williams, II into custody after a domestic dispute.
Price-Williams sits in the Okaloosa County Jail on charges for first-degree, premeditated murder, attempted first-degree murder, a second or subsequent offense for battery, and obstructing justice in a non-criminal proceeding by threatening a witness. Judge Angela Mason ordered Price-Williams held without bond leading up to the trial.
“Every capital murder case must be evaluated on its own facts to determine if a reasonable jury made up of our citizens could unanimously sentence a defendant to death. It is the most serious penalty available under Florida law, and I approach this responsibility with great thoughtfulness, humility, and a sense of duty to the rule of law,” State Attorney Madden said, “Defendant Timothy Price-William II’s attack and killing of Corporal Hamilton, while he was performing his duties as a law enforcement officer, was particularly merciless and cruel. My office will ask a jury to sentence him to death.”
Price-Williams will appear in Judge John Brown’s Courtroom on February 16th for his felony plea at 1:30 in the afternoon.
After his plea, Price-Williams will have a pre-trial conference on March 13th.
According to Okaloosa County Clerk records, Assistant State Attorney Bridgette Jensen will prosecute the case against Price-Williams.
No Defense attorney has been assigned from the public defender’s office for the murder charge, but Assistant Public Defender Scott Clines has been assigned to the cases for obstruction and battery charges, according to court records.
The death penalty is allowed in the State of Florida by law, though it is infrequently used since Governor Ron DeSantis took Office. In his five years in office, he has signed two warrants which have results in men’s deaths.
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Governor DeSantis must sign all warrants. He signed the first warrant in several years at the end of 2022, ordering the execution of convicted serial killer Donald David Dillbeck on February 23rd, 2023.
His predecessor, Senator Rick Scott signed 28 death warrants, the most of any Florida Governor, while he was in office, according to Florida Politics.