James Matthew Tice
Birth: September 16, 1987
Death: June 4, 2014
James Matthew Tice of Dothan passed away Wednesday, June 4, 2014. He was 26.
Funeral services will be held at 3 P.M. Tuesday, June 10, 2014 at the Ward Wilson Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Hosea Parker officiating. Burial will follow in Memory Hill Cemetery with Ward Wilson Funeral Home directing. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 6 to 8 P.M. Monday, June 9, 2014. Flowers will be accepted.
Matthew liked to work on cars with his dad. He played all sports growing up and loved fishing. He was a loving father to his son Braylen.
He is preceded in death by his grandfather Taft Bruner, and great-grandfathers Bill Ormes and J.L. Tice.
Survivors include his son Braylen Tice of Dothan; the mother of his son Amber Chason of Dothan; “Granny and Granddaddy” Robert and Pam Floyd of Dothan who adopted him at age 5, father Billy Tice, step-mother Joy Tice of Dothan; mother and step-father Mechelle and Harry Goodwin of Dothan; grandfather Willie Gene Tice of Dothan; grandparents Patsy and Rex Watkins of Dothan; Ben and Deborah Ward of Montgomery; great-grandparents Frankie and Charles Batchelor of Dothan; special aunt Tammy Hale-Bang of Charleston, S.C.; brother Joseph Tice of Dothan; step-brother Owen Allen Tice of Dothan; step-sisters Hope Shirah of Dothan; Haley Ward of Dothan; special friend Kayla McDaniel of Dothan; several nieces and nephews and other family members.
The family will be gathered at 800 Mandarin Ave or 414 Hagler Rd Dothan.
Matt Elofson – Jun 5, 2014
James Tice killed in Geneva Co. shooting
James Matthew Tice, 26, of Dothan, died from multiple gunshot wounds late Wednesday night, according to Geneva County officials.
Chief Sheriff’s Deputy Tony Helms said deputies are looking for a “person of interest” in connection to a homicide in Malvern on Wednesday night. He said deputies responded to an emergency call of shots fired around 10 p.m.
Geneva County Coroner Robert “Hagler” Ward II said he responded and pronounced 26-year-old James Matthew Tice dead at 11:42 p.m.
Ward said he found Tice in the front yard of a trailer located on Cohen Road.
Ward said Cohen Road is a dirt road located off another dirt road called Cook Road, which is off Jay Saunders Road.
Ward said Tice suffered multiple gunshot wounds, which resulted in the homicide that’s being investigated by the Geneva County Sheriff’s Office and agents with the Alabama Bureau of Investigation.
Ward said Tice was sent to the state Department of Forensic Sciences in Montgomery Thursday for an autopsy to determine to an official cause of death.
Helms said details of what happened were not available because of the ongoing investigation.
“We’ve got someone who fled the scene,” Helms said.
Helms said deputies are looking for a “person of interest” for their possible involvement in the homicide. Helms said its Geneva County’s first homicide of 2014.
Anyone with information about the homicide can call the Geneva County Sheriff’s Office at 334-684-5660.
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Staff Post – June 14, 2014
Authorities have charged a convicted sex offender with murder in the shooting death of a Dothan man last week in the Malvern community.
Geneva County Sheriff Greg Ward said investigators have arrested 29-year-old William Robert Williamson Jr. Friday afternoon and charged him with murder. Ward said investigators have charged Williamson with the shooting death of 26-year-old James Tice the night of June 4.
“We got a tip that he was at a trailer on Geneva County Road 4 south of Fadette, at a small trailer park,” Ward said. “Marshals went in and got him and ABI has been interviewing him. He is being charged with murder for the Malvern shooting.”
Ward said more charges are pending in the ongoing investigation into the first homicide in Geneva County in 2014. Ward said more people could also be charged in the ongoing investigation.
Tice, of Dothan, suffered multiple fatal gunshot wounds to his body and was found by authorities in the front yard of a trailer on Cohen Road, a dirt road off another dirt road off Jay Saunders Road in the Malvern community.
The homicide remains ongoing by investigators with the Geneva County Sheriff’s Office and agents with the Alabama Bureau of Investigation.
Rick Clemmons, an agent with the U.S. Marshals Service Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Task Force, said agents arrested Williamson around 11:15 Friday morning.
Clemmons said officers from several different law enforcement agencies assisted in Williamson’s capture, including agents with the ABI, deputies with the Geneva County Sheriff’s Office, deputies with the Houston County Sheriff’s Office, and an agent with the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).
Clemmons said Williamson had been wanted by authorities on three pending felony warrants for his arrest, two out of Houston County and a third out of Geneva County. Clemmons said Williamson was wanted for a pending felony unlawful possession of a controlled substance charge out of Geneva County, and two sex offender notification act violations out of Houston County.
Court records show Williamson has a pending felony drug distribution charge out of Houston County.
Agents with the agriculture division of the Alabama Bureau of Investigation arrested Williamson in January in connection to an animal cruelty investigation involving dead cattle.
Records show Williamson pleaded guilty last month to 34 misdemeanor crimes in connection to the investigation. Investigators charged him with 17 counts of animal cruelty and 17 counts of failure to properly bury and burn animals.
Court records show Williamson to be a convicted sex offender.
According to the Alabama sex offender registry website, Williamson was convicted of the second-degree rape of a 15-year-old girl in Houston County in 2006.
According to the sex offender website, Williamson listed his home in the 1100 block of Forrester Road in Houston County.
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Matt Elofson – Sep 9, 2015
William Williamson Jr. gets life sentence for killing James Tice in Malvern
A Geneva County judge sentenced a Dothan man on Wednesday to life in prison without parole for the shooting death of a 26-year-old man in the Malvern community.
District Attorney Kirke Adams said Circuit Court Judge William Filmore sentenced 30-year-old William Robert Williamson Jr. to spend the rest of his life in prison without the opportunity for parole.
A jury found Williamson guilty last month of murder in the shooting death of James Tice on June 4, 2014.
Adams said based on Williamson’s criminal history he faced an enhanced sentencing range of either life in prison or life without parole in prison.
“The life without the possibility of parole sentence assures the family that they don’t have to travel to parole board hearings to fight to keep this guy in prison,” Adams said via email message. “It also makes our community a much safer place.”
According to the court’s order, the court considered how Williamson had nine prior felony convictions, ranging from drug possession to drug distribution to second-degree rape.
Filmore said he also considered the evidence presented at trial which included how Williamson fatally shot an unarmed man five times, probably while he was on the ground. He said the evidence showed Williamson had “no regard for human life.”
Filmore also found no mitigating circumstances or redeeming qualities in the defendant and as a result found Williamson has forfeited his right to live in a free society.
The homicide was investigated by deputies with the Geneva County Sheriff’s Office, along with investigators with the Alabama Bureau of Investigation.
Williamson also has two pending felony unlawful possession of controlled substance charges in Geneva County.
Court records show the following information about Williamson’s criminal history:
According to the Alabama sex offender registry website, Williamson was convicted of a second-degree rape of a 15-year-old girl in Houston County in 2006.
Williamson pleaded guilty earlier this year to a felony drug distribution charge in Houston County. He also pleaded guilty last year to 34 misdemeanor charges, 17 counts of animal cruelty and failure to bury livestock charges in connection to a dead cattle investigation.
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