Man killed Sunday had drugs, drug record, authorities said
Police found drugs and drug paraphernalia with the body of a man found shot to death early Sunday, police said.
William Nelson, 22, of Charleston was found dead about 12:40 a.m. near the intersection of the Septima P. Clark Parkway and Line Street. He had been shot multiple times, Charleston police said.
No arrests have been made.
Court records show Nelson was on probation at the time of his death in connection with a crack cocaine conviction from June 2011. Nelson had a lengthy criminal history, mostly for drug-related incidents. He was convicted three times on cocaine charges, each time earning suspended sentences and probation, records show.
According to police reports released Monday, “several narcotic items” and paraphernalia were found near the body. A report describes “two tubes” containing white powder beside the body. The reports state one man gave a statement saying Nelson was known as “Li’l Will.”
The reports state Nelson’s girlfriend told investigators she and Nelson had been dating for six years and had two children together. The girlfriend said she last spoke to Nelson, by phone, about 11 p.m. Saturday, and that the last thing he told her was, “I’ll call you back.”
A man told police he’d been with Nelson in the hours before his death. The man, whose name is redacted on the report, picked up Nelson at Marion Square, and the two men went to a King Street address and drank beer. Nelson left saying, “I’m going to Line Street,” the report states. The report states the man did not know why Nelson went to Line Street. Later, the man phoned Nelson, who advised him, “I’m on my way back.” But he never returned, the report states.
One person police questioned near the shooting scene reported hearing four to six shots, and then seeing a group of four black men, two of them in shorts, running from the area. Another witness told of hearing five to seven shots, and seeing a car depart and then return to the area.
Anyone with information about the shooting should call police at 577-7434.