ATLANTA, GA – A local judge has denied bond to a man accused of fatally shooting a Subway employee in Atlanta after a dispute about a sandwich. Melvin Williams, 36, is currently in custody on multiple charges, including murder, felony murder, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, first-degree criminal damage to property, cruelty to children, and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.
Williams was arrested in June 2022, only a day after the shooting, which unfolded at a Subway restaurant on Northside Drive close to the Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The dispute reportedly began because Williams believed there was “too much mayo” on his sandwich. Citing Williams’ potential to commit felonies pending his trial, the court denied him bond.
Alongside the deceased Subway employee, another victim, 24-year-old Jada Nicole Statum, wound up in the hospital in critical condition after the shooting, though she has since survived the incident.
Statum’s 5-year-old son was also present inside the store during the altercation and subsequent shooting, according to restaurant owner Willie Glenn. Court documents list a second male victim whom Statum was shot along with during the incident.
Jail records indicate that Williams has had previous run-ins with the law, including a 2013 arrest on burglary and aggravated assault charges as well as an arrest three months prior to the Subway incident for aggravated assault and cruelty to children. Williams is currently being detained at Fulton County Jail.