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Danville man charged with murder in I-565 crash

Deputies with the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office executed an out-of-county felony warrant at a home on S. Johnson Chapel Road in the Danville area.

Posted: Apr 11, 2019 11:31 AM
Updated: Apr 11, 2019 7:29 PM

Deputies with the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office executed an out-of-county felony warrant at a home on S. Johnson Chapel Road in the Danville area.

Deputies took Reaford Williams III, 29, into custody on the charge of murder stemming from a March traffic accident in Limestone County, said Mike Swafford, sheriff’s office spokesman.

Reaford Williams III

Troy Howard

Troy Howard, 19, died after his vehicle was hit head-on March 20 at the eastbound Interstate 565 exit ramp to County Line Road, according to Huntsville police.

At the time of the wreck, Huntsville police said alcohol was a factor. Williams is being held in the Morgan County Jail pending extradition.

WAAY 31 got reaction from Troy's friends.

"I know probably you didn't even have those real intentions to hit anybody, but now you have to deal with this fact and you took somebody's life, and now their family has to deal with it and their friends have to deal with it more," said Zach Brazelton, one of Troy Howard's friends.

Brazelton found out his friend of four years had died, through social media.

"I looked and I was just like, out of all people, Troy? You just kind of get that shocked feeling like you don't want to see bad things happen to great people," said Brazelton.

In Troy's honor, Brazelton said he got a tattoo with "NLMB."

It stands for 'Never leave my brothers.'

He said Troy was family to him and one of the last things he told him was this...

"No matter what, how many phases you go through or whatever, just try to stay connected," said Brazelton.

Brazelton said he will try to move forward with his life and he wants to get together with some friends and take a moment for Troy. They'll possibly play music and just remember to always tell people to be safe, no matter what.

"Please make smart decisions because like I said, you don't know when you're going to go, and the best thing you can do is just watch your surroundings and just be smart," he said.

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