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February 21, 2014

Second plea in murder case involving North Carolina residents

LOCKPORT -- At her last court appearance, Cammesoa Marie Williams' defense attorney asked for "a little more time" to see if he could cut a deal with prosecutors.

That's just what he did. 

On Friday, Williams pleaded guilty to a single count of attempted second-degree criminal possession of a weapon for her role in the murder of Tijuana Davis. Williams had been charged with a higher count of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon.

She faces a potential prison term of up to seven years when she is sentenced on May 2.

A week earlier, Williams' boyfriend, Richard Moore, also took a deal from prosecutors and pleaded guilty to a single count of first-degree manslaughter for his role in the slaying. He had originally been charged with second-degree murder and second-degree criminal possession of a weapon.

Moore faces between five and 25 years behind bars when he too is sentenced on May 2.

Williams, 43, and Moore, 50, both of Winston-Salem, N.C., were arrested in the early morning hours of Sept. 28 after Falls police responded to a call of a shooting in the 1800 block of North Avenue. Officers found Moore and Williams at the shooting scene and then took them both into custody without incident.

They also found Davis, 39, suffering from what appeared to be two gunshot wounds. Witnesses said a "stupid argument that just happened and escalated" had led to the shooting.

Lawyers in the case have said the argument was between Williams and Davis and "may have been over money and drugs." Williams and Davis were reportedly "close friends."

Moore and Williams had come to the Cataract City to attend a weekend wedding involving Williams' cousin.

Detectives said the couple and Davis had returned to the victim's apartment, at 1828 North Ave., after the wedding reception and had been "drinking and playing cards" there. Investigators said Williams, Davis and another woman then began to argue and fight.

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