Jackson County man accused of gunning down ex brother-in-law

Deputies have arrested a man in the shooting death of his ex brother-in-law that occurred Thursday evening in the Evans region of Jackson County.

Darrell Lee "Pee Wee" Williams Jr., 28, of Kenna was charged with first-degree murder, according to a criminal complaint filed in Jackson County Magistrate Court.

The complaint said deputies responded about 6:30 p.m. to a residence near the Left Fork Diner and found a man, identified as Bruce Deal, lying inside his front doorway with a large amount of blood coming from his head area and an apparent gunshot wound to the face.

Witness statements and surveillance footage led to the identification of Williams as a suspect, the complaint said. The complaint said Williams also was identified as the former brother-in-law of Deal.

Deputies found the murder weapon, a .380 caliber handgun at a Jackson County residence. Williams' father told deputies that the gun had been stolen from him earlier in the day by his son.

Williams was found by Kanawha and Jackson county deputies at a residence in Charleston, and he was detained for questioning. The complaint said Williams later confessed to the murder, saying he was under an "uncharacteristically strong" dose of methamphetamine. Williams said he approached and knocked on Deal's door and fired a single shot into Deal's face with the handgun.

Williams then fled the scene and discarded the handgun, the complaint said.

Family members described Deal as a man loved by all and said he was a respected restaurant owner in Evans.

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