Social distancing is a top priority for everyone as COVID-19 continues to spread across the country.

Jails and prisons are often packed beyond capacity, and the men and women being separated from society often find themselves living in cramped conditions. That’s why the decision was made to release more than 100 inmates from the Orient Road Jail in Hillsborough County – to limit the possibility for an outbreak.

But one inmate, who was let out on March 19 before standing trial on drug charges, is accused of killing someone in Tampa the next day.

James Edward Williams was considered a “low-level” offender, but the 26-year-old is no stranger to the criminal justice system.

He’s been arrested 35 times, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, and was previously convicted of felony burglary and several misdemeanors. Read More