Florence police: Sheffield man identified as victim in Wednesday murder

Police have arrested and charged William Butler with the murder of Willie Hollis.

Posted: May 23, 2019 4:09 AM
Updated: May 23, 2019 9:33 PM

UPDATE: The Florence Police Department has identified the murder victim as Willie Oneal Hollis, 63, of Sheffield.

Police have arrested and charged William Butler with the murder of Hollis. Florence police say when they got to Blair Street, they found Hollis bleeding on the sidewalk in front of the accused shooter's home.

William Butler, 69, was charged with murder following Wednesday's shooting. William Butler, 69, was charged with murder following Wednesday's shooting.

Florence police don't know a motive behind the shooting yet in the city's first murder case in 2019. Butler is being held in the Lauderdale County Detention Center.

Hollis’s body has been sent for an autopsy. Anyone with information on the investigation is asked to call Detective Michael Price at 256-760-6504 or text a tip of 274637 using the keyword FPDTIP plus the message.

FROM EARLIER: 

A man is dead and another is in custody following a shooting in Florence on Wednesday.

Florence police said they responded to a 911 call in the 100 block of Blair Street for a shooting call.

When they arrived, they found a man on the sidewalk who had been shot. Florence Fire Department and Shoals Ambulance arrived to start medical treatment, but the man died on the way to the hospital.

Officers arrested Florence resident William Butler, 69, and charged him with murder. 

Detectives then proceeded to process the scene and talk with witnesses. 

The name of the victim has not been released, pending family notification.

Florence police asks anyone with information about the shooting to contact Detective Kevin Jackson at 256-760-6577 or text their tip to 274637 and use the keyword "FPDTIP" along with their message.

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