Jackson County State’s Attorney Joseph A. Cervantez announced today that Terrance D. Ware, age 44, of Carbondale, was found Guilty of first degree murder.                                                                                                                                                                                      
In a weeklong trial, Cervantez presented evidence that on Wednesday, November 1, 2023, the Carbondale Police Department received a 911 call requesting an ambulance for a male, later identified as William Malachi Pittman, who had been involved in a physical altercation with a person, later identified as Terrance D. Ware. Carbondale Police Officers responded to the scene and located Pittman lying unresponsive in the roadway. Officers located injuries on Pittman’s chest. Lifesaving efforts were taken, and Pittman was eventually transported to the Emergency Room at Memorial Hospital of Carbondale by Jackson County Ambulance Service. A short time later, Pittman was declared deceased.

The Carbondale Police Department conducted the investigation and obtained an arrest warrant for Ware, who had left the scene and eluded police officers for multiple days. On November 4, 2023, Ware was eventually taken into custody by the Carbondale Police Department and transferred to the Jackson County Jail.  Cervantez led the prosecution of Terrance D. Ware, and after securing the guilty verdict on February 1, 2024, Cervantez praised the efforts of the Carbondale Police Department, the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, and the Jackson County State’s Attorney’s Office. A sentencing hearing will be scheduled to be heard in approximately 60 days.

The mission of the Carbondale Police Department is to work in partnership with our community to preserve life, protect human rights, protect property and improve quality of life by providing police service to all in a fair, sensitive, and professional manner.