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Man wanted on murder, drug charges found in Bulloch Co., 2 others taken into custody

Tony Williams (Source: City of Vidalia) Tony Williams (Source: City of Vidalia)
Virginia Brayboy (Source: Bulloch County Sheriff's Office) Virginia Brayboy (Source: Bulloch County Sheriff's Office)

Officials in Emanuel County found the man they were looking for who was wanted on murder and drug charges on Tuesday afternoon. 

The Bulloch County Sheriff's Office received information on the whereabouts of Tony Williams, 42, who had active warrants for Murder and Drug Violations out of Emanuel County. Williams has been evading arrest for almost 12-months. According to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, Williams was wanted on federal drug trafficking charges in 2016 from a GBI and Drug Enforcement Administration investigation.

Williams was also wanted for the murder of Angela Gillis and the shooting of her husband, Kenneth Gillis. The murder and shooting occured on July 11, 2016, while Williams was on the run. It is reported that Kenneth Gillis is a co-defendant with Williams in the federal drug case.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation assisted the Swainsboro Police Department and the Emanuel County Sheriff's Department with the murder investigation. They were able to locate Williams and take him into custody without incident. 

They found Williams at the Woodrum Place Apartment complex off of Mobley Drive in Bulloch, County. After his arrest, the GBI SRDEO executed a search warrant on the apartment Williams was found in. They seized approximately $4,900, crack cocaine, powder cocaine and marijuana. 

While investigating the whereabouts of Williams, the Bulloch County Sheriff's Office conducted a traffic stop of a vehicle that they believed to have Williams inside. The traffic stop was conducted on the Bypass about a quarter mile east of the Country Club Road intersection.

During the traffic stop a male passenger, Walford McKinney, 46, in the stopped vehicle swallowed illegal narcotics and was taken by EMS to East Georgia Regional Hospital.

McKinney passed away while being treated at the hospital because of the narcotics he consumed. Since McKinney was in custody of the Bulloch County Sheriff's Office for the possession of illegal narcotics, the GBI was called in to conduct an investigation of his death. An autopsy is scheduled for McKinney at the GBI Crime Lab in Savannah.

While officials were still searching for Williams, the GBI arrested Virginia Brayboy, 27, for criminal offense of Hindering the Apprehension of a Criminal, for harboring Williams. Brayboy is being held at the Bulloch County Jail, pending further court action.

Williams was taken to the Emanuel County Jail and held without bond. 

Williams made his first appearance in court on Wednesday for his crimes in 2016. Williams arrest could help solve some cases and even start some others. 

Williams is facing eight felony charges in Emanuel County. Charges that are already indicted by a grand jury.

Investigators say these charges, even murder, may be just the tip of the ice berg. An iceberg that stretches beyond Emanuel County. 

"Bulloch County Sheriff's Office got a tip and acted on it. They also contacted Emanuel County Sheriff's Office and GBI's Drug Task Force," said Chief Deputy, Rocky Davis, Emanuel County Sheriff's Office. 

Williams is charged in the murder of Angela Gillis last July. Shots into a home killed her and wounded her husband. Assistant District Attorney, Trip Fitzner, read the list of charges which includes murder, attempted murder, and aggravated assault. Swainsboro Police list Williams as a person of interest in one of their murder cases. He's also under federal investigation. 

"The federal charges will be related to drug trafficking. The state and local charges will be related to violent crimes like what we had here," said Chief Dep. Davis. 

The judge said Williams will stay in jail at least until his lawyer can request a bond hearing. 

"I'm not the DA. I won't be the one prosecuting the case, but I'm gonna try to keep Tony Williams in the Emanuel County Jail as long as I can," said Sheriff J. Tyson Stephens. 

Both men think Williams' arrest could lead witnesses to come forward and lead to even more charges down the line. We'll keep you updated on this case as it develops. 

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