Funeral services held for slain Alabama sheriff

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Funeral services were being held for an Alabama sheriff who was killed last month.

Services for Lowndes County Sheriff John Williams were held Monday morning at Garrett Coliseum in Montgomery.

Williams was shot and killed Nov. 23 at a gas station in the county where he served as sheriff.

Sometimes known as “Big John” for his towering frame, the 62-year-old sheriff was a fixture of Lowndes County. Williams was elected as sheriff in 2010 after decades working in law enforcement.

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Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey ordered flags to be flown at half-staff in memory of Williams.

Eighteen-year-old William Chase Johnson is charged with murder in the sheriff’s death. Johnson is the son of a sheriff’s deputy in neighboring Montgomery County.

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