Beaufort News

Estranged wife of former NBA all-star wants charges filed in trailer incident

The estranged wife of incarcerated ex-NBA star Jayson Williams says two men who took her on a terrifying trailer ride through Bluffton last week should be booked on serious charges like assault, reckless endangerment or kidnapping.

"I'm fully prepared to continue to fight this until criminal charges are leveled," said Tanya Young-Williams. "The elements of this are unquestionable. A criminal act happened."

On May 10, Young-Williams said she saw the two men loading her $12,000 golf cart on a trailer, according to a Beaufort County Sheriff's Office report.

Charles Houston told deputies he has power of attorney over assets at the divorcing couple's Berkeley Hall home, and he and Michael Walters were taking the cart to be appraised.

A confrontation ensued, and Houston drove off while Young-Williams was aboard the trailer, the report states. After traveling to a side street near the intersection of U.S. 278 and S.C. 170, she claims Houston hit the brakes and then quickly accelerated, breaking the chain that held the cart in place and causing her and the cart to fall from the trailer

Walters said Thursday he did not know she was on board when Houston drove away, but Young-Williams said Friday that she was screaming and in such panic that an individual in another vehicle called 911 from the highway.

"There's no possible way these men did not know I was on the back of the trailer," she said.

The Sheriff's Office describes the incident as a civil dispute in the report, but it is still investigating, spokeswoman Sgt. Robin McIntosh said Thursday.

Young-Williams said Houston's power of attorney was revoked earlier this year. In a statement she said was sent to the Sheriff's Office, Young-Williams wrote that an officer told her Walters and Houston could be charged with grand theft larceny if she could prove Houston no longer has that authority.

But Young-Williams said she has been advised that other charges, like assault or reckless endangerment, might be possible.

"The grand larceny is the tip of the iceberg," she said.

In February 2010, Jayson Williams was sentenced to five years in prison in the accidental shooting death of a limousine driver in New Jersey in 2002.