More charges against teen held in Elgin-area, late 2018 stabbing

  • Byron M. Shavers-Williams

    Byron M. Shavers-Williams


A teen accused of a stabbing in late 2018 at a house in unincorporated Kane County west of Elgin now faces charges he twice sold cocaine to undercover detectives in summer 2018.

Byron M. Shavers-Williams, 19, of the 41W400 block of Lenz Road, was charged late last week with delivery of 1 gram to 15 grams of a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a church June 26 and another sale of less than a gram of cocaine July 2 that was also within 1,000 feet of a church, according to Kane County court records. The church in both cases was Immanuel Baptist Church, 500 St. Charles St., Elgin.

The most severe charge of selling up to 15 grams is a felony punishable by six to 30 years in prison without the chance of probation.

Shavers-Williams is due in court May 23 on the drug charges and is free on bail.

Defense attorney Liam Dixon noted the June cocaine charge carried a tougher penalty only because his client is accused of being within 1,000 feet of a church and the drug cases were from allegations before Dixon was retained on the stabbing case.

"He obviously is presumed innocent and he will enjoy that presumption throughout this process," Dixon said.

Shavers-Williams was charged with felony armed violence, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and aggravated battery causing great bodily harm after were authorities called about 1:30 p.m. Dec. 17, 2018, for a home invasion on the 41W400 block of Lenz Road.

Officials said Shavers-Williams knew the 46-year-old victim, but he was not a family member. The victim was stabbed at least three times with a folding knife and Shavers-Williams was staying at the same house where the stabbing occurred.

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Shavers-Williams and the victim had an altercation earlier that day, official said.

Paramedics took the victim to Presence St. Joseph Hospital in Elgin, where he was in critical condition with potentially life-threatening injuries.

Shavers-Williams also faces six years to 30 years in prison on the armed violence charge, records show.

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