18-year-old charged with murder in connection with deadly Caruthersville shooting to remain behind bars without bond

A man charged in connection with a deadly shooting in Caruthersville after a high school football game will remain in jail on no bond, a judge said.
Published: Sep. 24, 2022 at 5:29 PM CDT|Updated: Oct. 17, 2022 at 1:07 PM CDT
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CARUTHERSVILLE, Mo. (KFVS) - The man charged in connection with a deadly shooting in Caruthersville will remain behind bars without bond.

Zy’Quan Williams, 18, appeared before a judge during a bond hearing on Monday morning, October 17.

According to online court records, the judge denied a request to change the bond, saying there is evidence Williams is a threat to the community.

Williams is charged with first-degree murder and armed criminal action following a deadly shooting in September after a high school football game in Caruthersville.

He pleaded not guilty to those charges.

Williams is scheduled to appear before a judge in November for a preliminary hearing.

According to the Caruthersville Police Department, Zy’Quan Williams, of Charleston, was arrested on Wednesday, September 28 after a traffic stop by Cape Girardeau police and the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

They say the 18-year-old was taken to the Charleston Department of Public Safety for questioning in connection with the shooting death of 19-year-old Herschel Grant, of Hayti, on Friday, Sept. 23.

The suspect was then transported to the Pemiscot County Justice Center in Caruthersville.

Caruthersville police and Pemiscot County deputies responded to the scene of a shooting in the 1500 Block of Shult Avenue.

There they say they found 19-year-old Herschel Grant, Jr., of Hayti, bleeding profusely.

Grant was taken to an area hospital for treatment by police, and he was later airlifted to a Memphis, Tenn. hospital.

He was pronounced dead early on Saturday morning, Sept. 24.

An autopsy was scheduled in Farmington by Pemiscot County Coroner Jim Brimhall.

The police and deputies had been working security at the football game at the Caruthersville High School where the home team was playing New Madrid County Central High School.

Police say shots rang out as people were leaving the school. They say the shots were fired northeast of the school, off of school property.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol also responded, along with the MSHP Division of Drug and Crime Control.

Potential witnesses were interviewed and evidence was collected.

The case is under investigation by the Caruthersville Police Department, Pemiscot County Sheriff’s Office, Missouri State Highway Patrol, and Charleston DPS.

If you have any information, contact the police department at 573-333-0216 or the sheriff’s office at 573-333-4101.

The Caruthersville High School beefed up security for the homecoming game. The superintendent said a ticketing system was put in place and the Caruthersville police chief said they checked people at the gate.