Dewayne RichardsonMississippi Delta DA 4th District

Greenville, MS—Sanders Williams, Jr., 57, of Mound Bayou, MS, pled guilty to Second Degree Murder on Tuesday for killing Wanda Williams a.k.a. Wanda Jackson, District Attorney Dewayne Richardson announced today.

On Friday, April 30, 2021 at 9:07 a.m., Doaby Jackson called 911 and reported finding his sister, Wanda Williams a.k.a. Wanda Jackson deceased on her bedroom floor. Pafford Ambulance Service and officers of the Greenville Police Department hurried to 1453 W. Ollie Circle and noticed the victim had sustained multiple gunshot wounds in her chest and right arm. Further inspection of the bedroom led to the discovery of seven (7) .9mm shell casings on the bed, one (1) spent projectile on the floor near her body, multiple bullet holes in the headboard, and a .9mm Ruger EC95 under the victim’s pillow.

Upon arrest and after waiving his rights, Williams confessed to shooting his ex-wife in what he claimed was self-defense at the time of his statement to law enforcement. However, evidence proved otherwise.

Williams was indicted on a First Degree Murder charge with a Firearm Enhancement. Instead of exercising his right to a jury trial, Williams pled guilty to the reduced charge of Second Degree Murder and is facing twenty (20) to forty (40) years of mandatory incarceration in the Mississippi Department of Corrections. He will be sentenced on Monday, May 6, 2024, at The Leflore County Justice Center in Greenwood, Mississippi.

This case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorneys Laura K. Cooper and Austin Frye.

The Office of the District Attorney is deeply appreciative to the witnesses, officers, Pafford personnel, and crime lab experts for their work on this case and their assistance in making sure that justice is served for the death of Ms. Wanda Jackson.