Two men face life in prison for Visalia murder

Tulare County Superior Court convicts Andrew Hernandez, Curtis Williams of first-degree murder for fatal shooting of a man in Visalia apartment complex

VISALIA – Two men were convicted of first-degree murder for the 2020 shooting death of a man in Visalia, leading to both facing life imprisonment.

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(Tulare County District Attorney's Office)

On April 23, prosecutors with the Tulare County District Attorney’s office secured a murder conviction against Andrew Hernandez, 29, and Curtis Williams, 31, for the 2020 shooting death of a man at a Visalia apartment complex.

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(Tulare County District Attorney's Office)

Their sentencing is scheduled for May 14, where both of them are facing life in prison. At the trial, both men were convicted of first-degree murder. The jury found true special allegations that Williams personally used a firearm and personally discharged a firearm, causing death.

The crime took place Nov. 28, 2020, the victim, who was 33 years old, and Williams were engaged in an argument in the victim’s apartment. Surveillance video showed Hernandez, who lived in the neighboring apartment, entering the residence holding his waistband.

Through witness testimony, it was learned that Hernandez gave Williams the gun, who then shot the victim in the chest. Both men fled the apartment. The victim was not discovered until he had not been heard from for several days.

Hernandez was arrested in early December, but Williams fled to the Sacramento area. Williams was arrested on Feb. 9, 2021, after fleeing from law enforcement on a rooftop and through a Visalia neighborhood. 

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