Military court date for sailor convicted of murder

NORFOLK, Va. — A sailor who’s already been convicted in a civilian court for the shooting death of an unarmed man outside of a sports bar is set to appear in military court.

Chief Information Systems Technician Rodney Williams is scheduled to be arraigned Monday at Naval Station Norfolk on charges of premeditated murder, aggravated assault, disorderly conduct and discharging a firearm.

Williams was convicted by a civilian jury of voluntary manslaughter in the 2008 killing of Nicholas Nalls. Williams was sentenced to one year in jail and a $2,500 fine in March.

Williams’ civilian attorney in that case, George Yates, said Williams acted in self-defense and that he still believes Williams is innocent.

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