St. Clair News Aegis (Pell City, AL)


November 18, 2010

Murder charges for Leeds man after crash kills mother, two children

Leeds — A Leeds man is facing murder charges after a car crash on Highway 280 last week resulted in the death of three people. Authorities in Shelby County also arrested six other people following the incident.

Manley Ray Williams, 19, of Leeds, will face three counts of murder and one count of felony assault following an accident on  Nov. 12 when he allegedly ran through a stop sign and collided into a van, killing a mother and her two sons.

The family members, from Sylacauga, who were killed in the incident, have been identified as Jessica Wyatt Fields, 32, and her sons, John Clay Fields, 7, and Tony Ray Fields, 9. A third child, a daughter, Angelia Fields, 12, was seriously injured and flown to Children’s Hospital where she was last reported to be in serious condition.

Another person, Joshua Stokes, 21, of Pell City, who was traveling with Williams, was reported as being injured. Both he and Williams were transported to UAB Hospital where they were treated for minor injuries. No charges have been filed against Stokes.

Six other people were arrested at the scene of the accident on charges related to alcohol and marijuana. Daniel Bryan Falkner, 18, of Leeds; Darryl Len Park, 19, of Moody; and Jessica Lauren May, 20, of Birmingham were each arrested and charged with minors consuming alcohol. Leslie Paige Nelson, 21, of Moody was arrested for second degree possession of marijuana and David Tyler McDonald, 18, of Pell City was arrested for possession of marijuana. Jason Noble Fowler, 21, of Moody was arrested and charged with public intoxication.

The wreck occurred at approximately 10:30 p.m. Friday. Williams was traveling south on Shelby County Road 55 in a 2004 Ford Mustang. He allegedly failed to stop at a stop sign and then collided with Fields’ vehicle, a 1995 Chevy Lumina Van, as she was traveling east on Highway 280 near Westover, according to officials with the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office.

Bond for Williams has been set at $1 million.

The wreck is being investigated by Alabama State Troopers with assistance from the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office.


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