Teen accused of shooting Mounds officer released from custody to prevent charges being dropped

Teen could be charged as adult in Mounds officer shooting
Officer Lyle Womack, 4th from the left (Source: Mounds police chief)
Officer Lyle Womack, 4th from the left (Source: Mounds police chief)

PULASKI COUNTY, IL (KFVS) - A teen accused of shooting a Mounds, Illinois police officer was released from custody on January 11, 2016.

According to Pulaski County State's Attorney Jim Flummer, Nigel L. Williams, 17, of Mounds, was released in order to comply with speedy trial provisions. By Illinois law, if a defendant is incarcerated for more than 180 days, the charges must be dismissed.

Williams had been in custody since July 8, 2015.

Earlier, a petition was filed to charge the teen as an adult.

The Pulaski County State's Attorney filed a petition to transfer the suspect from juvenile to adult court.

His case was transferred to adult court on December 31, 2015.

His trial was set for February 22, 2016.

According to Illinois State Police, the teen was taken into custody after he went to an area hospital with a minor gunshot wound.

He was charged with attempted murder and aggravated battery of a police officer with a gun.

Police say the teen was shot during the gunfire exchange with the officer and before he left the scene.

He was being held at the Franklin County Youth Detention Center on a $1 million bond.

Officer Lyle Womack, a K-9 unit officer who's served four years with the Mounds police department, was shot around 7 a.m. July 8 while responding to a report of an armed suspect trying to break into a home at 902 Third Street.

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