Jamarsa Williams
Photo: Gwinnett County Sheriff's Office
Photo: Gwinnett County Sheriff's Office

Driver charged in Gwinnett road-rage dispute turns himself in

A man who allegedly shot a truck driver in a road-rage dispute outside a Doraville recycling plant last month has surrendered to police. 

Jamarsa Josef Williams, 31, is in the Gwinnett County jail after turning himself in about 5 p.m. Wednesday. He is charged with the murder of 59-year-old James Dan Gilliland.

Police said Williams shot Gilliland outside the Metro Green Recycling facility Feb. 8 following an altercation that started with debris falling off Gilliland’s truck and into the roadway.

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After being confronted, Gilliland allegedly pulled a crowbar on Williams, who walked to his car, pulled out a gun and shot him once in the abdomen, Gwinnett police Cpl. Michele Pihera said.

Williams was arrested at the scene and booked on charges of aggravated assault, aggravated battery and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, Gwinnett jail records show. He was released Feb. 19 after posting a $39,100 bond.

Investigators initially believed Gilliland would survive the shooting, and added that charges against the truck driver were possible once he was released from the hospital.

“After he was shot, he was walking around and moved his truck off the scale so we didn't think his injuries were very significant,” Pihera told AJC.com last month. “But it turned out to be worse than they first thought.”

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After Gilliland died Wednesday afternoon, police updated Williams’ charges to murder. 

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