Williams said the weapon was about five inches from her face and he accidentally pulled the trigger when she tried to slap it away.
She fell, shot in the head.
Seated next to his attorney in court, Williams dabbed tears from his cheeks with a tissue from a deputy.
The detectives who took Williams’ statement felt he was lying. They also found inconsistencies, such as a burn mark on the victim’s face, which suggested the barrel of the gun had been placed to her skin, not five inches away, the detective said.
Two neighbors also said they heard a struggle in the apartment around the time of the shooting.
Defense attorney Eric Fortas asked the judge to consider knocking the malice murder charge down to involuntary manslaughter. He said the state had no evidence of malice, especially considering that a witness who’d been in the apartment had recently come forward to corroborate Williams’ story about playing with the gun.
“The state’s definitely got some problems with malice,” Judge Richard Foxworth said.
But he found enough probable cause for the state to continue with the case as charged.
Williams hung his head before returning to his holding cell.