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Man believed to be shooter in January incident, determined competent to stand trial

MERCER COUNTY, W.Va. (WVVA)- A Mercer County man suspected of shooting at residents in Bluefield earlier this year will be going to trial.

Terrance Williams was ordered by a Circuit Court Judge to be committed to William R-Sharpe, Jr. Hospital in Weston, to determine his competency for trial.

After reviewing documents from the facility, the courts determined Williams is competent. Judge William Sadler has scheduled the trial date for January 7, 2020.

Williams is facing charges for attempted murder, 2 counts, and wanton endangerment, 6 counts.

On January 2, Williams is believed to have walked inside of a house on Albemarle Street, opening fire on five people. One person inside of the house was shot.

The incident continued into a nearby alley before an intervening neighbor was shot.

An individual who was inside the home was able to retrieve a weapon and shot Williams.

Police say residents heard Williams making Jesus references throughout the shooting incident. Everyone survived the shootings.

William’s attorney E. Ward Morgan made a request for him to be put on home confinement which was denied by  Judge Sadler.

“Obviously, we’re opposed to that due to the severity of the case,” said Lauren Lynch, Mercer County Assistant Prosecutor.

Williams has been remanded to Southern Regional Jail. Stay with WVVA  for additional updates.

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Jennifer Roberts

Multimedia Journalist

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