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Suspect claims killing of Deshler coach was self defense

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Photo of suspect Jeremy LeShun Williams courtesy Florence Police Dept. Photo of suspect Jeremy LeShun Williams courtesy Florence Police Dept.
Lauderdale County, AL -

Those who knew Brioni Rutland remember a "good guy," "one of a kind," a man who loved, a man who was loved.

The suspect in his murder has a different view, claiming the slaying was self defense.

According to court documents filed in Lauderdale County, on November 26, 2013, suspect Jeremy Williams says that Rutland came to his apartment attempting to collect a gambling debt.  When Williams told Rutland he did not have the money Williams claims Rutland threatened to cut off one of his fingers every time he saw him.  

The report goes on to say that the two men struggled and Williams was rendered unconscious.  When he came to, Rutland was on top of him trying to cut off his pinky with a pocket knife. 

After regaining consciousness and fighting again, Williams gained control of the knife and stabbed Rutland several times.  Williams then went to his bedroom, got a pistol, and when he turned around Rutland, unarmed, was coming at him.  Williams states that he then shot Rutland on time.

According to the complaint, after cleaning up his apartment, Williams disposed of Rutland's body in the Tennessee River.

Rutland's family reported him missing on Nov. 26 and his body was recovered Nov. 29.

Williams was brought in for questioning and later confessed to killing Rutland.

Williams is being held, without bond, in the Lauderdale County Detention Center.

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