TAMPA, Fla. — A man released from Orient Road Jail as part of a move to prevent the spread of coronavirus is now facing a murder charge.
- Hillsborough jail inmate released due to coronavirus now charged with murder
- Joseph Edward Williams, 26, facing charges in fatal March 20 shooting
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According to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office, Joseph Edward Williams, 26, was arrested Monday in connection with a March 20 murder in the 8000 block of Ash Avenue.
Sheriff Chad Chronister said the inmates released were all non-violent, low-level offenders.
Williams actually spoke to Spectrum Bay News 9 upon his release March 19.
"I feel wonderful," Williams said that day as he walked outof jail. "It's a blessing that I'm getting released."
Chronister said Williams was arrested after shooting and killing a man in the Progress Village area on March 20 - a day after he was released.
In a statement released after the arrest, Chronister said: "Judges, prosecutors and sheriffs around the country are facing difficult decisions during this health crisis with respect to balancing public health and public safety.
Williams is facing charges of second-degree murder, resisting an officer, being felon in possession of a firearm and possession of heroin and drug paraphernalia. His bail has been set at $280,500.