Son killed trying to protect his mom

Posted at 12:47 PM, Nov 20, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-21 19:26:44-05

HENRICO COUNTY, Va. -- Grief counselors were on hand Monday at Highland Springs High School after the weekend shooting death of Jaishaun Williams.

Williams, 15, attended the Henrico County high school.

He and his mother, Renita Wells, were killed inside a Fayette Circle home early Saturday morning.

Renita Wells' parents believe Jaishaun was killed trying to protect his mother from his stepfather, her husband.

Jaishaun Williams and Renita Wells

"I just told her the other day to get a restraining order on him because she was afraid," Renita's mother Rachelle Wells said.

Derrell Williams, Jaishaun's stepfather and Renita's husband, was later arrested on unrelated charges.

Derrell Williams, 33, is expected to be arraigned in New Kent County court on several charges including felony eluding police, possession of drugs, and gun charges. While he is not charged with the homicides, police confirmed they were not looking for any suspects at this time.

Williams was arrested on Interstate 64 less than an hour after Saturday's fatal shooting.

A Virginia State Police trooper spotted Williams driving erratically on the interstate in New Kent.

"[The] trooper initiated a traffic stop with his lights and siren, and the violator car immediately accelerated up to 130 miles an hour, to attempt to elude," a Virginia State Police spokesperson said. "[Williams] turned off his headlights and approached another vehicle. [Williams] immediately swerved to miss the upcoming vehicle and then lost control, spinning out on the roadway. Once the car came to rest, [Williams] ran on foot leaving his vehicle in drive forcing it into an embankment around the 217 mile marker."

After catching and arresting Williams, police said they found cocaine and a handgun in his car.

A candlelight vigil for Renita Wells and her son Jaishaun is planned for Wednesday evening in front of Fayette Circle home.

This is a developing story. Witnesses can send news tips or photos here.

The Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance asks that anyone who is a victim of domestic violence contact them for help. That statewide hotline number is 1-800-838-8238. Or text (804) 793-9999.



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