Son arrested after shooting father, killing woman at Griffin apartment


A Griffin man is now behind bars after he shot his father and killed a woman, Griffin Police said.

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Just before 3:00 a.m. on Thursday, officers were called to the Vineyard Village Apartments on Highway 16 about a person with a gunshot wound.

Upon arrival, officers found two victims– a male and female suffering from gunshot wounds.

James Riley Williams, 53, had multiple gunshot wounds to his stomach.

The second victim, Lisa Blanton, 52, was pronounced dead at the scene.

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Investigators said they found the man’s son, James Riley Williams IV, at the apartment.

According to officials, Williams IV was in possession of marijuana and a handgun during the time of the incident.

The 26-year-old was arrested and booked into the Griffin Police Jail. He is facing malice murder and weapon charges.

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The father was taken to a local hospital, where police said he is stable.

Officials said the incident appears to be domestic-related. It’s unclear what the relationship was between Williams and Blanton.

The investigation is ongoing.

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