Second person dies after Winter Haven double shooting, additional charge pending for shooter

WINTER HAVEN, Fla. — The Polk County Sheriff's Office has arrested a 36-year-old man accused of first-degree murder after a double shooting in Winter Haven Sunday night.

James "Spooky" Williams, 36, was arrested Monday night in the Care Free Cove neighborhood after a Crime Stoppers tip led detectives to his location.

According to detectives, Williams murdered 23-year-old Nasir Sutton and shot 38-year-old Bennie Joyner on Sunday around 6:22 p.m. on Carefree Cove Drive.

Joyner died Tuesday of his injuries. His cause of death was determined to be the gunshot wound, so additional charges will be filed against Williams.

Sheriff Grady Judd said an argument between the three men in the home led to the shooting.

“This was some kind of dispute," said Sheriff Judd, "We don’t know what kind of dispute. I can tell you from a great amount of investigative experience it’s going to be drugs, alcohol, women, or money. But it went bad.”

During the argument, Williams pulled out a gun and began shooting. He hit and killed Sutton and shot Joyner.

Paramedics transported Joyner to a local hospital for treatment with at least one gunshot wound. He is in critical condition

Williams was arrested on his warrant for one count of first-degree murder, one count attempted first-degree murder and one count possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Detectives said a handgun was recovered during his arrest.


James "Spooky" Williams

According to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office website, Sutton has a criminal history and recently got out of jail.

Sutton's mother did not want to talk on camera but wanted people to know her son.

“(He) loves family. He hit a rough patch in life trying to find his way. He was a good person with a good heart and would give the shirt off his back for any family and friend,” Shakena Lester said about her son.

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