Hillsborough deputies arrest man in shooting death

TAMPA — Detectives arrested a man Saturday night who they say shot and killed a man at a North Tampa apartment complex earlier that day.

Jontavis D. Williams, 26, faces a first-degree murder charge in the death of Courtney Yates, 32.

Hillsborough sheriff's deputies said Yates got into a fight early Saturday morning with another man at the Columbia Palms Apartments on N 19th Street.

After the fight, the two men shook hands and walked away, deputies said.

Both men later returned.

Yates' stepmother, Tanya Yates, 52, said Yates went back to the apartment building on his bicycle between 2 and 3 a.m., despite a text message warning from a girl who lived there telling him to stay away.

The other man also returned to the complex. Investigators did not release his name because he is considered a witness to what happened next.

Deputies said Williams, who is the other man's friend, pulled a gun out of his waistband and shot Yates in the chest from about 6 feet away. Yates tried to run, but Williams shot him in the back, deputies said.

Yates collapsed. Williams walked over to him, at which time Yates begged him not to shoot again. Deputies said Williams stood over Yates and fired a round into his head, killing him. Williams then ran off, deputies said.

Williams turned himself in to authorities Saturday night. He was already on probation for a 2005 robbery with a firearm and other charges.

Yates' sister, Shaniqua Yates, 18, said her brother had been enrolled at Manhattan Hairstyling Academy for six months. He was father to Courtney Jr., 6.

Hillsborough deputies arrest man in shooting death 04/09/11 [Last modified: Sunday, April 10, 2011 12:35am]

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