Smyrna Man sought in wife’s strangulation - said that she overdosed
by Kim Isaza
December 10, 2012 09:48 PM | 11459 views | 9 9 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Derrick Williams - Photo courtesy of Cobb County Sheriff's Department
Derrick Williams - Photo courtesy of Cobb County Sheriff's Department
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SMYRNA — Smyrna police are searching for Derrick McLaurence Williams in the death of his wife, and they say he should be considered armed and dangerous.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts should contact investigators at (770) 434-6666.

In two warrants for his arrest, investigators say Williams, 30, choked his wife to death sometime between 1 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Dec. 5, then cleaned the body, wrapped it in bedding and left it on a bed. He moved her car from the front of her home in the 2200 block of Old Spring Road to the back, then left without calling police.

Williams apparently told friends and family that his wife had died of an overdose and wanted them to report her death to police, according to one warrant. She had been beaten all over her body, and an autopsy showed she was strangled, the warrant said.

He is charged with malice murder, felony murder, aggravated battery, aggravated assault and concealing a death, all felonies, and a misdemeanor charge of possession of marijuana.

In August, Williams was sentenced to 12 months of probation on battery and other charges relating to his wife. He was ordered to have no violent contact with her and to complete the family violence intervention program.

Smyrna Police Officer Michael Smith said there was no indication that anyone else was in the home at the time of the killing, and no one else was there when police, responding to a 911 call, arrived there on the afternoon of Dec. 5 and found the woman deceased.

As of Monday afternoon, investigators had no leads on Williams’ whereabouts. Smith said Williams was married to the victim.

The YWCA of Northwest Georgia Inc. operates a 24-hour crisis line for victims of domestic violence. The number is (770) 427-3390.

But Holly Comer, CEO and executive director of the YWCA of Northwest Georgia, advised anyone in immediate danger to call 911.

“It’s best to have the police come so there’s a record,” she said. “We’re here for the safe haven, but the first step is to call law enforcement.”
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Anonymous323
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December 11, 2012
They will find him. I have seen cobb police go to Arizona for a probation violation warrant! wherever he goes or gets caught - he goin down!!
dustoff
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December 11, 2012
Ah another fine upstanding citizen that we tax payers will have to support for years while he files multiple appeals on our dime before he may finally get put to death.

Lets change the law, you get one appeal that has to be heard in 90 days after your trial, then you get 7 days to get your affairs taken care of then you fry!
SimeonWolverine
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December 11, 2012
This is so sad, his wife was a classmate of mine and we are just know seeing this article. I have been searching for an article for 5 days and nothing. She was a person with a family and friends that loved her and now this guy is probably long gone! It has been 6 DAYS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! SMH
Anonymous323
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December 11, 2012
I was a dear friend of the both of them and this is a very horrible tragedy, but one thing you can BET on is that COBB COUNTY is gone find his a**!! If they don't do nothin else, they gone find him! I'll give him a good two weeks before he's in custody and once they get their hands on him, it's a wrap!
FellowSimeonWolverin
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December 11, 2012
yes this is very sad my heart really goes out to finness family she will definitely be remembered && justice will prevail he will be found...
mk-dishonest city
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December 11, 2012
To Brian on Patch- please look up definition of 'affluent'.

Smyrna does not have affluent neighborhoods.

Not even close!!

Wake up, bud!
mk-dishonest city
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December 11, 2012
There was a quick blurb on WSB the night this happened,.. then silence. Why didn't Smyrna police release this info immediately, w/ a picture of the suspect, so the community could be on the lookout?

Keeping these reports quiet puts the public at risk!!

Secrets abound in Smyrna!
anonymous
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December 11, 2012
They need to catch him
Pam J
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December 10, 2012
Just goes to show that you can tell someone they can't do something, but it doesn't mean they won't. This was a horrible thing to happen. I hope they find him.
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