September court date set for men charged in Zaevion Dobson shooting

Richard Gregory Williams III appeared in court Wednesday morning.

KNOXVILLE - A judge set a Sept. 16 court date for the two men charged with first-degree murder in the fatal shooting of Zaevion Dobson.

Richard Gregory Williams III appeared in front of Judge Steve Sword in Knox County Criminal Court on Wednesday morning.

A judge will pick a trial date for Williams and Christopher Bassett when the two appear in court on Sept. 16.

Sword said Williams and Bassett are expected to be tried together. Both men were charged with first-degree murder. A grand jury also indicted Williams and Bassett with eight counts of attempted first-degree murder and a string of firearm possession charges.

Dobson, a 15-year-old sophomore at Fulton High School, was hanging out with friends on a front porch on the evening of Dec. 17 evening when gunmen or a gunman fired randomly in the Lonsdale neighborhood where he lived.

Dobson blocked the shots with his body, saving friends Faith Gordon, 17, and Kiara Rucker, 16. They were on the front porch of Gordon's aunt. Dobson died that night.

In the hours following Dobson’s death, Bassett admitted to shooting the high school student, a Knoxville police investigator testified in late January.

Zenobia Dobson, Zaevion’s mother, attended Wednesday’s court hearing.

(© 2016 WBIR)


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