The son of former NFL star Erik Williams, who helped lead the Dallas Cowboys to three Super Bowl titles in the 90’s, is accused of pretending to buy marijuana from two drug dealers and then murdering them.
Cassius Shakembe Williams, himself a former college football player, and Rozman Rah-saan Shannon Jr. were booked into jail on capital murder charges in Dallas County, according to the Dallas Morning News.
Williams, 20, and Shannon, 21, allegedly pretended to buy weed from Dalton Prater, 18, and Jacob Hollett, 19 in Mesquite on June 12. Instead, one of them pulled out a gun and demanded the drugs, cops say. The two alleged drug dealers were found with multiple gun shot wounds. One died at the scene and the other died later at a hospital.
Erik Williams was a four-time pro-bowler and offensive lineman who defended famed quarterback Troy Aikman during a glory era for the Cowboys in the mid-90’s. He played college football at Central State University, a historically black university in Ohio. The younger Williams also played there for one season, according to People.
The senior Williams has had his own run-ins with the law. He was accused of rape in 1995 and later in 1997, according to the Los Angeles Times. In the earlier case, a grand jury did not find enough evidence to indict and in the second the woman later admitted to lying. He was charged with beating his wife in 2003, according to the Pottstown Mercury, a newspaper in Pennsylvania, where Williams had a home at the time.
In the alleged drug robbery, one man pulled the gun and another drove the getaway car, cops say. But investigators haven’t indicated which man pulled the trigger, according to the Morning News.
The alleged killers remained at-large for several days before their capture. They both remain in jail under $1 million bond, according to the Morning News.
They could face the death penalty if convicted.
[Photos: Getty Images and Dallas County Jail]