Charlotte brothers charged with attempted murder in shooting of U.S. mail carrier

- A grand jury returned a federal indictment charging two Charlotte brothers for the shooting of a United States Postal Service mail carrier.

Rashawn Donnell Williams, 29, and Dion Lamar Williams, 27, were charged with conspiracy to murder a federal employee, attempted murder of a federal employee, and discharging a firearm during, in relation to and in furtherance of a crime of violence.

Rashawn Williams was also charged with possession of a firearm by a felon.

"As alleged in the indictment, the two men knowingly and intentionally attempted to kill a U.S. postal carrier while he was performing his official duties," said U.S. Attorney Murray.

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According to allegations contained in the indictment, on August 31, 2017, Rashawn Williams and Dion Williams conspired to kill a U.S. Postal Carrier. The indictment alleges that, as part of the conspiracy, Dion Williams picked up Rashawn Williams at a location on Executive Street in Charlotte.

The two men traveled to the Days Inn located at 4924 Sunset Road in Charlotte, where Rashawn Williams obtained a firearm. The indictment also alleges that the two men then traveled to Archer Avenue in Charlotte, to locate the victim.

The indictment further alleges that Rashawn Williams and Dion Williams attempted to kill the victim while he was delivering mail on his mail route. According to the indictment, Rashawn Williams has a prior criminal conviction and is prohibited from possessing a firearm.

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