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Friday, March 30, 2007

Registered Sex Offender Killed In Fort Washington

Police Take Nearby Neighbors In For Questioning
8-26-2005 Maryland:

FORT WASHINGTON, Md. -- A 40-year-old man who is listed on the Maryland Sex Offender Registry was shot and killed Thursday afternoon.

Prince George's County police said Willie Williams Jr. was shot inside his Fort Washington home in the 7500 block of Greer Drive about 3:30 p.m.

Sources told News4 that police are investigating the possibility that Williams may have been killed in retaliation for a sexual assault that allegedly occurred earlier in the day.

A woman who lives in the same neighborhood said her 13-year-old daughter was sexually assaulted by Williams in their home Thursday afternoon. The woman said her daughter told her that Williams went to the home and asked for a soda and to use the bathroom and then sexually assaulted the girl.

Not long after the alleged sexual assault, Williams was found dead in his home and the 13-year-old girl's older sister and her friends were spotted near the scene, police said.

Williams' sister spoke with News4 and said her two children were inside the house when the shooting took place.

"My brother was shot twice in the chest and my kids ran out the house and one of the neighbors got them," Lori Giles said.

Williams was pronounced dead at the scene.

Moments after Williams' death, police surrounded the house of a teenage girl a few blocks away, refusing to let anyone go in or out.

Investigators eventually took some occupants of the house in for questioning.

"They brought a lot of people over to headquarters and they're speaking to them now, but that will unravel throughout the rest of the evening," said police spokesperson Cpl. Debbie Carlson.

Relatives described Williams as a person who worked on cars in the neighborhood.

Police said it may take some time to sort the case out. So far, police have made no arrests and identified no suspects. ..more.. by

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