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Spartanburg man charged after double fatal shooting

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The Lees Crossing complex on Powell Mill Road where the shooting took place. (File/FOX Carolina) The Lees Crossing complex on Powell Mill Road where the shooting took place. (File/FOX Carolina)
SPARTANBURG, SC (FOX Carolina) -

A Spartanburg man first cleared for standing his ground and using a gun to protect himself has now been charged federal authorities.

Douglas Williams, 30, never should have had a weapon in April because he is a convicted felon, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Days after the double fatal shooting, Spartanburg County Sheriff Chuck Wright said no charges would be filed. But local authorities asked federal officials to take another look.

Investigators told FOX Carolina Williams and his girlfriend came home on April 7 to find two cousins outside of Williams' girlfriend's apartment through a window at Lee Crossings Apartments.

They said that's when Williams grabbed a gun from the glove compartment of his girlfriend's car and shot and killed the two men.

One of the victims' mothers, Arlene Smith, told Fox Carolina not a day goes by that she doesn't think about her 22-year-old son Michael Hill-Gentry and his cousin 18-year-old Darren Hill. 

"I feel like some facts have not been presented and we can't always follow what we read in the paper," Smith said. "There was no proof that Michael or Darren committed a crime or that they posed any harm to Mr. Williams or his girlfriend."

Williams' attorney Andy Johnston released this statement following the news of the federal charges, "Doug and his family had been the victims of two other recent unsolved burglaries at the same location. We are preparing a vigorous defense for Doug to these charges."

Williams was convicted of forgery in 2008 and is prohibited by the federal gun control act of 1968 from possessing or acquiring a gun or ammunition, according to authorities.

The solicitor's office said Williams was not charged in Spartanburg County because state law allows someone to defend themselves if they're not licensed to carry a weapon.

But under federal law a felon can't have a firearm under any circumstance. If convicted Williams could face up to 10 years in prison.  

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