Rev. Autura Eason-Williams Death and Obituary: This week, memorial services will be held in honor of a pastor from the Memphis region who was killed in the middle of July after an incident involving a carjacking. A short time after two males approached her vehicle, the Reverend Autura Eason-Williams, pastor of the Capleville United Methodist Church, was killed by gunfire in her driveway. According to the camera footage that was retrieved by the police, two teenagers threatened her with guns and demanded that she exit the vehicle.
She passed away as a result of the gunshot wounds she sustained at a local hospital. According to the investigators, the two suspects had been following the victim in another vehicle, which they believed to be stolen. Following the burial service that will be held at Saint Paul United Methodist Church in Lakeland on Wednesday, her family will lay her to rest at a nearby cemetery.
During the gathering for the funeral ceremony on Tuesday, attendees from the church as well as community members from Shelby County referred to her as a pillar. She has a husband and four children of her own. In addition to that, Eason-Williams held the position as superintendent of the United Methodist Church’s Metro District in the Tennessee-Western Kentucky Conference. She completed her education at Memphis Theological Seminary and received her diploma.
Who Killed Rev. Autura Eason-Williams? Death and Obituary
On Monday, the two boys who are both 15 years old and have been charged with her murder were in front of a judge who will decide whether or not they will be tried as adults or if their case will continue to be heard in juvenile court. A week ago, both were arrested and charged with first-degree murder, carjacking, aggravated battery, and possession of a firearm during a serious felony. These charges were brought against them simultaneously.
The judge intends to evaluate the facts, as well as their criminal background, educational records, and psychological report before reaching her decision. Prior to announcing her decision, the judge allowed the attorneys time for mental evaluations. They are expected to make another appearance in court on September 12th.
Darell Williams, who is Eason-Williams’ husband, has stated that he supports the idea of the juveniles being tried as adults. According to a statement made by Amy Weirich, the district attorney for Shelby County, in a news release, adolescents between the ages of 14 and 17 who are charged with significant crimes similar to those committed by the suspects can be transferred to adult court.
The eldest daughter of Eason-William, Ayanna Hampton, expressed to the attorney that she wishes for justice to be the same as what her mother would have pushed for, which is to not give a death penalty or prosecute the boys as adults. Ayanna is Eason-daughter.
A third individual, identified as 20-year-old Eduard Rodriguez Tabora, was also taken into custody in connection with the killing of Eason-William.