Woman indicted for East Atlanta shooting death

A DeKalb County grand jury on Tuesday indicted a woman accused of fatally shooting a mother of 10 last month outside an East Atlanta restaurant.

Terri Chimon Williams was charged with murder, two counts of felony murder - causing a death by committing a felony - three counts of aggravated assault and unlawful gun possession charges in connection with the Oct. 8 shooting death of Charlese Brooks.

Williams, 34, remains in the DeKalb County jail without bond.

Family members said Brooks, 35, tried to break up an altercation between one of her friends and Williams outside the Brick House Restaurant in East Atlanta that evening.

Williams left the scene and returned with a gun, family members said.

She fired the gun in the direction of Brooks, Teresa Mack and Teuheddah Faust, according to the indictment.

Brooks was the only person hit, police said.

Family members said the altercation started from a text message exchanged between Williams and Brooks’ friend, but police would not confirm that claim.

Williams turned herself in to police the next morning, and her attorney proclaimed her innocence.

“We fully believe that Ms. Williams will be exonerated,” attorney W. Scott Smith said in an email to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution sent shortly after his client’s surrender.

A trial date has not been set for Williams.

Brooks had four children of her own and was foster mother to six children.