Panama City murder suspect arrested

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PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WMBB) — According to the Panama City Police Department application, William Briggs has been arrested as a suspect in a murder investigation.

William Briggs

Law enforcement said they were called to the FEMA trailer park on Kraft Avenue in Millville to do a welfare check on Jan. 22.

Upon arrival, Tammie Ash, 45, was found dead.

Individuals being interviewed collectively led to Briggs as a suspect. According to his arrest affidavit when investigators found Briggs they also found a bloody 9mm handgun in the passenger seat of his vehicle. Investigators wrote that 9mm shell casings were located at the crime scene.

“The defendant was in a long term relationship with the victim for several years,” the report states. “At the time of his arrest, the defendant was also found to be in possession of 12.4 grams of a substance he identified as ecstasy, which was located in his pants pocket.”

He is being charged with murder, felon in possession of a firearm, and trafficking in MDMA. After further investigation, Calvin Peters Jr. and Venus Harris, both of Panama City, were charged with tampering with evidence.

According to the arrest affidavit, Peters and Harris entered the crime scene and took a wallet that was lying near the body and a bong that was sitting on a table.

Calvin Peters Jr.
Venus Harris

This investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is urged to call the Panama City Police Department at 872-3100, or they can report their tips anonymously through the “Panama City PD” app.

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