Trial date set for local man accused in chase that killed police officer

Trial date set for local man accused in chase that killed police officer

Trial date set for local man accused in chase that killed police officer

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by KMOV.com staff and Associated Press

KMOV.com

Posted on July 2, 2013 at 10:17 AM

O’FALLON, Mo. (KMOV) -- A man accused of first-degree murder in the death of a O’Fallon, Missouri police officer will go to trial Jan. 27.

The trial date has been set for 31-year-old Deonta Williamson. He is accused of first-degree murder in the August 2011 death of Caruthersville officer Evan Burns.

According to deputies, Williamson first tried to set his stepfather on fire and then attempted to burn down a home.

Deputies later spotted a stolen 2002 Cadillac Escalade pickup truck on southbound Interstate 55, north of Hayti, Mo. The O’Fallon Police Department was notified that a vehicle matching the description was occupied by a suspect wanted by their department for car theft and first-degree assault.

Police tried to stop Williamson at the Hayti overpass, but he refused to stop and kept going eastbound on Missouri 84 toward Caruthersville.

Officers set up spike strips. Williamson then allegedly rammed into a patrol car, killing Burns.

In addition to the murder charge, Williamson faces assault, arson and armed criminal action charges from the O’Fallon incident.

 

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