CHRISTOPHER A. WILLIAMS
STATE OF TENNESSEE
Assigned on Briefs: June 6, 2017
from the Criminal Court for Shelby County No. 96-07434 Paula
three trials, the Petitioner was convicted of attempted
aggravated robbery and felony first degree murder, and the
trial court sentenced him to life in prison. The Petitioner
appealed his convictions, filed a petition for
post-conviction relief, and filed multiple petitions for
writs of habeas corpus relief. No relief was granted. In
2015, the Petitioner filed a petition for a writ of error
coram nobis, alleging an anonymous informant's statement
was newly discovered evidence. The Petitioner conceded that
his petition was untimely but asked the coram nobis court to
toll the statute of limitations because, he asserted, the
State withheld the statement. The coram nobis court declined
to toll the statute of limitations, and it dismissed the
petition as time-barred. We affirm the coram nobis
R. App. P. 3 Appeal as of Right; Judgment of the Criminal
Christopher A. Williams, Henning, Tennessee, Pro Se.
Herbert H. Slatery III, Attorney General and Reporter;
Katherine C. Redding, Assistant Attorney General; Amy P.
Weirich, District Attorney General; and Pamela Stark,
Assistant District Attorney General, for the appellee, State
W. Wedemeyer, J., delivered the opinion of the Court, in
which Thomas T. Woodall, P.J., and Norma McGee Ogle, J.,
W. WEDEMEYER, JUDGE.
case arises from the victim's murder on August 19, 1995.
In relation to this murder, the Petitioner, who was fourteen
years old at the time, was indicted for first degree murder,
felony murder, and attempted aggravated robbery. State v.
Christopher A. Williams, No 02C01-9711-CR-00427, 1998 WL
424558, at *1 (Tenn. Crim. App., at Jackson, July 28, 1998),
perm. app. denied (Tenn. Feb. 16, 1999). The State
tried the Petitioner as an adult, and his first trial
resulted in a mistrial. Id. After the second trial,
the jury could not reach a verdict on either of the murder
charges but convicted the Petitioner of attempted aggravated
robbery. Id. The Petitioner appealed the sufficiency
of the evidence, and this court affirmed his conviction.
State tried the Petitioner a third time on the murder
charges. State v. Christopher A. Williams, No.
01C01-9711-CR-00440, 1998 WL 855455, at *2 (Tenn. Crim. App.,
at Jackson, Dec. 10, 1998), perm. app. denied (Tenn.
Apr. 26, 1999). Briefly, and according to the
Petitioner's statement, this crime occurred when:
[The Petitioner] and a man called "Black" were
walking together when they saw a man walking toward them.
"Black" said to the [Petitioner], "let's
rob that man" and handed the [Petitioner] a pistol. The
[Petitioner] called the man over to him and when the man
put the pistol up and pointed at this man's upper body.
[The victim] pushed the pistol in my hand down toward his
legs, then I pulled the trigger and he was shot in the leg.
Then [the victim] started running towards the church. I
blasted the gun three (3) more times. Then the [victim] was
still running and I ran out of bullets and the [victim] kept
running to the side of the church and the [victim] fell face
down in the grass on the side of the church. I saw him on the
Later that night Michael Byrd found the victim and called
911. The victim, Jerry McNeal, was dead upon the arrival of
emergency personnel. Dr. Wendy Gunther performed the autopsy
on the victim and testified that he had suffered three
gunshot wounds: one to his lower left leg and two to his
back. She testified that ...