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Police still searching for murder weapon

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By James Roberts

Any additional charges stemming from last weekend's murder aren't likely to come from Campbellsville Police.

According to Campbellsville Police Detective Sgt. Patricia Thompson, if anyone else is charged in relation to the shooting death of David Brad Williams, they would be indicted by the grand jury.

"We are still interviewing and collecting information," she said. "We're still looking for the weapon."

Williams, 31, of Campbellsville died Sunday, July 20 after being shot once in the chest.

According to Thompson, Williams was involved in an altercation with Gary L. Beard, 26, of Campbellsville just after 1 a.m. near the basketball courts on Clem Haskins Boulevard.

Beard, Thompson said, pulled a .38 handgun and shot Williams once. The bullet traveled through Williams' arm and into his chest. Less than a half hour later, he was pronounced dead at Taylor Regional Hospital.

Beard, who has admitted to police that he shot Williams, was arrested and charged with murder and possession of a handgun by a convicted felon a few hours after the shooting.

Beard was lodged in the Marion County jail. His bail is $500,000 cash. If convicted on all charges, Beard could be sentenced to life in prison. Beard was ordered to have no contact with the victim's family and not to have any weapons.

The day after the murder, Harold Jermaine Barnett, 27, and Dustin E. Bond, 19, both of Campbellsville, were arrested on charges of criminal facilitation to commit murder.

If convicted, both men could be sentenced to as much as five years in prison.

Barnett's bond was set at $20,000 cash and he was ordered to have no contact with the victim's family and to avoid weapons, drugs and alcohol.

Bond's bond was initially set at $20,000 but was amended to 10 percent of $10,000. He was ordered to have no contact with the victim's family and to avoid weapons, drugs and alcohol.

All three men are scheduled for a preliminary hearing on Wednesday.

Williams' funeral was Friday at First Baptist Church.

If anyone has information about this or any other crime, call Campbellsville Police at 465-4122 or the Community Safe Line at 469-PRID(E).

- Staff Writer James Roberts can be reached at 465-8111 Ext. 226 or by e-mail at writer@cknj.com. Comment on this story at www.cknj.com.