Hutto officer describes Sgt. Chris Kelley’s condition when they found him

Colby Ray Williamson, left, is accused of running over Hutto Police Sgt. Chris Kelley in 2015 (KXAN Photo)
Colby Ray Williamson, left, is accused of running over Hutto Police Sgt. Chris Kelley in 2015 (KXAN Photo)

GEORGETOWN, Texas (KXAN) — In Day 2 of the murder trial for Colby Williamson, Lt. Dwain Jones with the Hutto Police Department testified about what he saw when he pulled up the scene where Sgt. Chris Kelley was hit.

Jones’s dash cam video was shown in court. In the video, you can see another officer giving Kelley CPR and you can hear an officer saying to Kelley, “Come on Kelley, fight, come on.”

Even though Kelley hadn’t been pronounced dead yet, Jones can be heard in the video saying Kelley had been killed. Jones said from all of the blood he saw and from his experience as an officer, he knew Kelley didn’t make it.

A Williamson County paramedic who responded to the scene after Johnson, testified Kelley did not have a pulse and at no point was he breathing while they tried to resuscitate him for more than 17 minutes on the scene, or during the ambulance ride to Seton Williamson in Round Rock.

Kelley’s mother, Barbara Kelley also briefly took the stand. She tearfully described how she found out her son had been killed. “I got a text from my husband Jack saying, ‘come home our son was killed this morning. If you can’t drive I will come get you,’” recalls Barbara. “When I read the text I started screaming.”

Colby Ray Williamson, left, is accused of running over Hutto Police Sgt. Chris Kelley in 2015 (KXAN Photo)
Colby Ray Williamson, left, is accused of running over Hutto Police Sgt. Chris Kelley in 2015 (KXAN Photo)

Barbara described that dreaded day, going into a room at the hospital and seeing her dead son. “It was the most unimaginable horror you could ever see.”

Dr. Kendall Crowns, deputy medical examiner at the Travis County Medical Examiner’s office testified the cause of Kelley’s death was blunt force injury to the head. He confirmed it was consistent with a vehicle being driven into or onto the victim.

However, the defense pointed to witness testimony of seeing Kelley’s legs come out from under the car, not his head. Williamson’s attorney Joe James Sawyer argued the fractures came from Kelley falling and hitting his head on the pavement. But the medical examiner said for those fractures to be caused by a fall, Kelley would’ve had to fall from 30 or 40 feet, which did not happen.

“You wouldn’t see a hinge fracture of a 5-foot-9 individual falling from a standing height, pushed or not pushed,” said Crowns.

Crowns also said he’s never in his career seen that type of fracture caused by a short fall like Kelley’s.

The defense also questioned why the front of Kelley’s face, like his nose, wasn’t broken if his head was run over. Crowns said he believes just the top of Kelley’s head, near the forehead, had been hit by a tire.

Investigators say Williamson lead Hutto police on a high-speed chase, after refusing to pull over for speeding. Williamson crashed the car he was driving in a Hutto neighborhood, and took off on foot. Sgt. Kelley eventually found him sitting on the porch of a house, and when he tried to handcuff him, Williamson pushed him down and got into Kelley’s patrol car.

Kelley tried to stop Williamson by grabbing the steering wheel and putting his foot on the brake, when he was knocked to the ground. Video shows Williamson reversing and running over Sgt. Kelley.

The trial will resume Thursday at 9 a.m. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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