Defendant in Murder Case Jailed in Double Homicide - WTOC-TV: Savannah, Beaufort, SC, News, Weather & Sports

03/08/07

Defendant in Murder Case Jailed in Double Homicide

A Yemassee man, out on bond for murder in Jasper County, is behind bars in Colleton County, South Carolina, charged with killing two more during a home invasion last month.

Last July, Jasper County authorities arrested Lionel Williams, 20, and three others for killing Lacy Wright outside the Sugar Shack on Mackay Point Road in Point South.

But while out on bond for that murder, authorities say he didn't waste any time before committing another crime.

"As soon as he got out on bond--he hadn't been to court for the murder charge in Jasper County--and then we think he's involved in this homicide here in Colleton County," said Chief Deputy Ted Stanfield.

Colleton County authorities say Williams and Kaylon Aiken forced their way into Trelle Edward's home last month and demanded money.

"The two individuals came in masked, brandishing firearms and demanded money," said Stanfield. "When she said she didn't have any, they searched the residence."

While holding her at gunpoint inside the home, authorities say the two waited till her husband and his two friends arrived home to confront them.

"After they didn't find any more money, they were shot, all three were shot," said Stanfield.

Shot execution style. O'Brian Bartley, 22, and Paris Washington, 23, were killed. Edward's husband was wounded.

Williams' bail bondsman turned him into authorities, and now he's behind bars at the Colleton County Detention Center facing many charges, including two counts of murder, four counts of kidnapping, assault and battery with intent to kill, and first degree burglary.

While Williams is awaiting his day in court, authorities are continuing their investigation.

Williams is expected to go before a circuit court judge in the next couple of weeks for a bond hearing on this double murder, while still waiting on his trial date for the murder in Jasper County.

Reported by: Jaime Dailey, jdailey@wtoc.com 

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