County grieving after murder

A man charged with murder pleads not guilty. Police say William ‘Terry’ Jamison shot Mark Williams in an area off Kentucky 94 in Hickman. 

As for what led to the shooting, the Kentucky State Police says the two had been feuding for more than three years. In the citation, police say Jamison called 911 and told police someone had, “tried to kill me.” But when he was later asked what happened, police say Jamison refused to explain. People in the county say no matter what happened, it’s affected people across Fulton County.

Phyllis Bryant stencils lettering on the flood wall, hoping it will encourage more people to visit the county she loves. But Bryant says Monday, the whole county is grieving. She says: “Everybody’s sad, and everybody’s talking about it.”

Bryant knew Terry Jamison and Mark Williams as men who came from big families, which are now both hurting. She says: “It’s affected two families, not just families, but friends.”

Police say the two men got in a fight off Midway Road. They were fighting about land.

Bryant says she’s keeping the families in her prayers, hoping they and the county will eventually heal. She says: “We’re all associated with each other in one way or another, and it’s just heartbreaking.”

But Bryant says it saddens her that only one man knows what really happened in the field. She says: “Terry’s the only one that’s left who could tell what happened Mark. He has no voice now.”

Jamison’s bond is set at $1 million. He did not bond out Monday. His attorney, Dennis Null, asked for a reduction, but the judge said he wasn’t familiar with the case and was going to hold off on a decision about bond.

As for any witnesses, KSP says its investigation didn’t find any. Jamison will be back in court on Tuesday of next week for a preliminary hearing.

Funeral arrangements have been made for Mark Williams. Visitation will be at the West Hickman Baptist Church on Wednesday, Oct. 5, at 4 pm. The funeral will be Thursday, Oct. 6 at 11 a.m. —also at the West Hickman Baptist Church.

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