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Family of 1996 shooting victim calls for removal of Lawrence Revell as Tallahassee police chief candidate

Posted at 5:12 PM, Nov 13, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-14 06:35:26-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — We're hearing from the family of the man shot and killed by one of the final candidates for Tallahassee's open Chief of Police position.

The shooting happened in 1996 and just last week, a Leon County commissioner asked the city to reopen the search rather than consider Lawrence Revell as a candidate.

The rally was quite emotional. Family and friends spoke about the death of George “Nuke” Williams.

Those who spoke do not want to see Major Lawrence Revell become the next police chief in Tallahassee.

The shooting took place 23 years ago and is still fresh in the minds of those who knew him. Family saying Revell never apologized to Williams' loved ones.

Now, a grand jury cleared Revell of wrongdoing, but the family says they were not called to testify.

Geneva Billingsley is Williams' aunt. She says police were looking for Williams and she recounts overhearing a chilling phone conversation between an officer and Williams' mother, Connie Love, on the night before his death.

"I was over to Connie house. Yes his mother and she received a call from a police saying that they were going to bring Nuke home in a body bag," said Billingsley. "And I was there and I listened to the conversation."

Commissioner Bill Proctor confirms there were six warrants out for Williams' arrest.

Again, Williams was killed the day after that conversation.

Williams’ mother Connie Love died several years ago. She reportedly told Billingsley “it did not have to happen like this.”

We did reach out to the Tallahassee Police Department to give Major Revell a chance to respond to the family's statements on Wednesday. So far, we've not heard back.