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Trial starts for murdered Jesse White tumbler and Robeson High School basketball player

Updated: September 25, 2012 6:00PM

Willie Williams III wanted to let his mother know he was on his way home after a late night at the movies so he asked his best friend Yolanda Metayer to retrieve her cell phone from her brother at the Ford City Mall.

The Jesse White tumbler and star Robeson High School basketball player never made the call, nor did he make it back to his family.

Williams, 17, was killed when the pair walked toward a brawl that had broken out between their friends and Williams’ alleged shooter following a screening of the film “ATL” on April 1, 2006.

“I said, ‘Will get up,’” Metayer said Tuesday at the opening of Eddie Fenton’s murder trial at the Leighton Criminal Courthouse.

“He was moving but he was jerking. I turned him over and saw that his head was bleeding.”

Metayer said she saw Fenton shoot her friend but admitted she did not connect with police until three years later. “They was looking for me, but I wasn’t around,” the convicted felon said.

Donnie Moore, another convicted felon and a friend of Fenton’s, also said he saw Fenton, now 27, raise his weapon during the fight.

Fenton wasn’t charged with Williams’ murder until 2010.

Fenton’s attorneys said there was no physical evidence linking Fenton to Williams’ murder, adding that their client was being “scapegoated.”

They also questioned the credibility of Cook County prosecutors’ witnesses, who were among the “rowdy” film going crowd. “These people are opportunistic. They are convicted felons and they are liars,” assistant public defender Rebecca Washlow said.

Over the summer, Fenton was charged in another 2006 murder. Months before Williams was gunned down, Fenton opened fire at a “Back to School” party at his sister’s South Side home, killing 28-year-old Johnathan Bowman and wounding another, according to prosecutors. Fenton is awaiting trial in that case


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