A Florida man allegedly conspired along with his brothers to kidnap and kill his teen girlfriend, as a result of he mistakenly believed she was pregnant, police mentioned this week, lastly asserting arrests within the 2006 chilly case.
Ralph Williams, now 36, and his two siblings had been charged within the homicide of 16-year-old Amber Woods, whose physique was discovered 14 years in the past alongside a street in Manatee County, authorities introduced Monday.
“Chilly, callous, simply the worst in our society,” Sheriff Rick Wells mentioned of the suspects.
“This lady had her entire life in entrance of her, and so they handled her like she was nothing.”
The teenager was final seen alive by her aunt at residence round 12:30 a.m. on Feb. 11, 2006.
She was discovered shot lifeless seven hours later, after a driver noticed her physique some 20 ft off of State Highway 62.
Williams, who was 20 on the time, apparently believed that his teen girlfriend was pregnant along with his youngster and had needed to finish their relationship, Wells mentioned.
Fearing he may face legal prices as a result of she was underage, he allegedly plotted along with his brother, Tyjuan Williams, and their half-brother, Jamaine Brown, to kill the lady, the sheriff mentioned.
The sick trio kidnapped Amber and drove her to a rural location off the state street, the place, “They bought out of the automotive, and Tyjuan shot Amber as soon as within the again,” Wells mentioned.
“Jamaine and Ralph then dragged her deceased physique off the roadway into the excessive grass, earlier than fleeing the scene.”
An post-mortem would later affirm that the teenager had not been pregnant.
The three brothers had been suspects early on, however detectives didn’t have sufficient proof to cost them, The Bradenton Herald reported.
“We at all times believed that these three murderers had been in cahoots collectively and had been attempting to do every part they may to hide the truth that that they had murdered Amber,” Wells mentioned.
“They went the final a number of years like nothing ever occurred.”
Investigators revisited the case in April 2019 and, utilizing beforehand unavailable mobile monitoring software program, had been allegedly capable of place a cellphone utilized by Ralph Williams close to the place Amber’s physique was discovered.
On Dec. 15, Ralph Williams and Tyjuan Williams, 32, had been charged with second-degree homicide.
Each had been already in custody in different Florida counties on unrelated prices and are awaiting extradition, Wells mentioned.
Brown, 37, was arrested on Could 20 and charged with kidnapping for allegedly driving his half-brothers and Amber to the homicide scene, Wells mentioned.
He pleaded no contest to a cost of accent to homicide after the actual fact on Friday. As a part of his plea deal, he detailed the kidnapping and killing to authorities, the Herald reported.
Amber’s sister, Crystal Moses, thanked authorities throughout Monday’s press convention, saying she was “ecstatic” concerning the prices — and hoped the alleged killers would “rot in hell.”
“Justice has been confirmed,” she mentioned, “it’s simply taken a very long time.”