LOCAL RAPPER CONVICTED IN EXECUTION-STYLE MURDER OF FRIEND
Victim Gunned Down in His Sleep
Decatur, Ga.- DeKalb County District Attorney Sherry Boston announces the conviction by jury trial in the murder case against a local rapper charged with killing his friend. Jurors returned guilty verdicts on Friday, September 23, 2022, against 26-year-old Qamar “Q Money” Williams on charges of Malice Murder, Felony Murder (two counts), Aggravated Assault, Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon, and Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Felony in connection with the shooting death of Calvin “Scotty” Chappell, 24.
The fatal shooting occurred on April 15, 2019, at a home in the 3500 block of Lehigh Way in Decatur. Police responded to the scene on a ‘person shot’ call and discovered the victim deceased with several gunshot wounds to his body, including his head.
According to the investigation, the victim, Defendant Williams, and several other friends, went out to a club the night before. The group of friends returned to the home around 5 o’clock the next morning. The victim went to bed and Defendant Williams went out to eat. When he returned home shortly after 6 a.m., Defendant Williams crept up on the victim as he slept on an air mattress in the living room and shot him more than half a dozen times, before fleeing the home.
The incident was captured on home surveillance video. The investigation revealed Defendant Williams was aware of the video recording because he tried to shoot and disable the camera before shooting and killing the victim. He also called one of his friends later that day asking him to delete the video. The exact motive for the killing remains unknown.
A sentencing hearing before DeKalb County Superior Court Judge Nora Polk, who presided over the case, is currently pending for Defendant Williams.
The case, assigned to the District Attorney’s Homicide and Gang Unit, was prosecuted by Senior Assistant District Attorney Ellie Friedman with assistance from ADA Reid White and DA Investigator Alyssa Zackery. Detective D. Evans of the DeKalb County Police Department led the initial investigation.