Man found guilty of running over, killing Hutto police officer

Photos of Chris Kelley and his famly. (KXAN Photo)
Photos of Chris Kelley and his famly. (KXAN Photo)

GEORGETOWN, Texas (KXAN) — After deliberating for around three hours, a jury unanimously found Colby Williamson guilty of murdering Hutto Police Sgt. Chris Kelley.

Kelley’s family members held hands as the verdict was read and hugged after the courtroom was adjourned. “We’re glad,” said Kelley’s mother Barbara, after the verdict was read.

“We just want justice, so this is just one step,” said Kelley’s widow Michele. “We will give more of a statement when it’s all over.”

It was a moment of few words because Kelley’s family knows this isn’t over yet. The state still has work to do. “We’re glad we got this part done. We’re looking forward to presenting our case on Monday, hopefully completing the justice that Sgt. Kelley has been waiting for,” explained Williamson County District Attorney Shawn Dick.

Sentencing begins Monday, Nov. 13 at 9 a.m., and Williamson faces up to 99 years in prison.

Just as day three in the Williamson murder trial began Thursday morning, prosecutors and the defense rested. Closing arguments were presented and the jury went into deliberations around 11 a.m.

During closing arguments, prosecutor Dee McWilliams read the jury the law on what constitutes a person guilty of felony murder. One of the factors is the suspect has to cause danger to human life, resulting in death.

“We just want justice, so this is just one step.”

“Whether his death is caused by getting hit  by the car and knocked over that he hits his head so hard that it breaks it in a million pieces, or if it’s what really happened, which is that it’s crushed under the wheel of his car, it doesn’t matter, it is an act clearly dangerous to human life either way.”

Throughout the trial, Williamson’s attorney Joe James Sawyer argued that Kelley died as a result of falling and hitting his head on the pavement. He argued that Kelley’s head was not crushed by his tire. In the end, prosecutors say Williamson still caused Kelley’s death.

On June 24, 2015, Williamson led 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. Investigators say 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.

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