“They keep ringing the doorbell”
Pamela Williams calls 911.
“I think somebody is trying to break into my house,” she tells the dispatcher. “Because they keep ringing the doorbell and my dog is barking. But I can’t see where they’re going. I’m not expecting anybody, but I can’t see where they are.”
Someone has broken into her home in the Amhurst subdivision.
Williams tells the dispatcher that she’s scared to go downstairs because her dog has stopped barking “right before I called he was really going crazy.”
The dispatcher tells her that a unit is in route and to call back if she hears anything else.
Minutes later, Williams calls back.
“I think someone is breaking into my house,” she said.
“Where are you at this time,” the dispatcher asks.
“I’m in my closet,” Williams said.
Flustered and breathing heavy, Williams says her dog, a poodle, is at the back door barking.
“I can hear them,” Williams whispers.
Police arrive and find Williams with a single gunshot wound to the head. She had been shot at point-blank range.
Williams is transported to Grady Memorial Hospital. She dies six days later.
She was 43.
Two weeks after Pamela Williams’ murder, police arrest Jonathan Banks, James Sims and James Calhoun.
During the trial, prosecutors describe the three as a “death squad”, saying that were part of a burglary ring that committed more than 100 burglaries in south Fulton County.
Amhurst burglary crew
Pamela's sister, Erica Williams, attends each day of the trial.
“I thought about Pam and I said what would she do. She would come single day,” Erica said. “So I went every single day.”
Melissa Burke, who survived after being shot in a closet several times during a home invasion in January 2013, takes the stand during the trial.
Burke identifies James Calhoun as the man who shot her in that closet.
On October 28, 2016, a jury convicts the three in the death in the death of Pamela Williams.
They’re awaiting sentencing.