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Man cleared of charges in WMU frat party shooting
KALAMAZOO, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Exclusive new details have been released in a shooting at a west Michigan college fraternity house.
Earlier this fall, 21-year-old Emon Williams was charged with opening fire at a frat house party near the Western Michigan University campus and shooting himself in the leg.
But after months of investigating, a new twist in the case was revealed Monday.
We're very grateful that the truth did come out and he has been vindicated, said Sarrisa Montague, Williams defense attorney.
In the early morning hours of Sept. 22, there was a party at a house affiliated with the Phi Beta Sigma fraternity on W. Michigan Avenue in Kalamazoo.
Police say a fight erupted after uninvited guests crashed the party.
In the mayhem, shots were fired and Emon Williams was shot in the leg and a woman was hurt by flying glass.
To be honest, he was at a party and he wound up getting shot, Montague said.
But one month later, Kalamazoo Public Safety released his mug shot saying he was charged in the shooting.
Williams was charged with carrying a concealed weapon and reckless use of a firearm.
Investigators even claimed Williams shot himself in the leg.
From the get go, the defense attorney says police had little evidence supporting their findings.
They've been false accusations, and it has been very stressful to him, Montague said.
Now after months of fighting the case theres been big developments.
We've engaged in a very extensive investigation and that information led to the conclusion that Mr. Williams did not have a gun on the night in question, Mr. Williams did not fire a gun on the night in question, Mr. Williams did not shoot himself. He was the victim of a crime, Montague said.
Kalamazoo County Prosecuting Attorney Jeff Getting isn't revealing what new evidence was brought to light.
Only saying Williams was cleared of the firearm charges to best serve justice.
All he wants to do, once his injuries heal, is to go back to work like he was doing before this whole thing happened, Montague said.
Newschannel 3 reached out to Kalamazoo Public Safety but has yet to hear back.
The search now continues for who is responsible for the shooting.