A South Carolina man who attacked his son’s killer during a court appearance will now face criminal charges himself. Willie Fields will appear before a judge next week to face charges of contempt of court and third-degree assault and battery after he lunged at 22-year-old Lindy Lamond Jones, the man who murdered his 18-year-old son three years ago.
- Jones pleaded guilty to murdering Fields’ son. The incident happened back in 2019, when Jones shot the teen once in the head and three times in the back. Jones was only 19 at the time of the murder and told the court: “I just want to apologize to everybody today and everybody who came. If I could go back and change my decision, I would, but as a man, I understand. That’s it.”
- Surveillance footage from the hearing showed Fields lose his cool. In the clip from the Orangeburg County courtroom, Fields punched Jones from behind before tackling him to the ground. Officers managed to pull Fields off Jones and he was arrested and booked before later being released on bond.
- Fields has since apologized for lashing out at Jones. His attorney, Justin Bamberg, released a statement on behalf of the grieving father, saying: “[Fields’ family is] extremely apologetic for his outburst, and he is asking for prayers and support during this difficult time in their lives. No father should have to bury his innocent son. Mr. Fields is not a criminal. He is a victim of senseless violence that occurs far too often in our communities. I don’t expect everyone to understand how it must feel to sit there reliving the moment you first found out your son had been murdered for absolutely no reason.”
- Jones was sentenced to 35 years behind bars for the murder. During the hearing, Fields’ mother, Angela, addressed the court and shared the impact of her son’s murder. “They took away just everything from us. Losing our son about three years ago, what it has done to me and my family. They took away our only child. They took away all his hopes and all his dreams. They took away all the hopes and dreams we had for him.”