Crime & Courts

Update | Columbia man arrested in connection with homicide

Columbia police are investigating the death of an 18-year-old woman on Tremont Avenue Tuesday night.

Police responding to a call of a fight in progress about 11:32 p.m. found the woman lying on the ground with a bullet wound to the head, said Sgt. Florence McCants, department spokeswoman.

Latisha Y. Patterson, 18, of West Lakeside Avenue, likely died of complications from a gunshot wound, said Richland County Coroner Gary Watts. An autopsy was ongoing.

Michael Orlando Williams Jr., 19, of Fiske Street, has been charged with murder and possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime.

McCants said Williams confessed to the shooting at police headquarters.

In 2006, Williams was convicted of unlawful carrying of a weapon and was charged in March with trafficking marijuana between 10 and 100 pounds according to State Law Enforcement Division records.

McCants said Williams and the woman were boyfriend and girlfriend. The woman was visiting the Tremont Avenue home, but police are having trouble finding a current address for her.

Williams is being held at Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center pending a bond hearing.

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