Friday, July 13, 2001

Man faces new charge: murder

Authorities say he killed grandfather

By Marie McCain
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        A 21-year-old Mount Auburn man who was already under arrest accused in the May 16 attempted rape of a woman and attack on a Cincinnati police officer was indicted on a murder charge Thursday in the 2000 death of his grandfather.

        Antoine Williams is accused of beating to death his 83-year-old grandfather, Edward Willingham, in August and lying to paramedics when they came to help.

        The assault occurred in the Cummings Street home Mr. Williams shared with his mother and grandfather.

        If convicted, Mr. Williams could be sentenced to life in prison.

        Authorities said the assault took place when the older man needed help getting to the bathroom and Mr. Williams became angry.

        Mr. Williams called paramedics and told them his grandfather had fallen down the stairs.

        Mr. Willingham died three weeks after the Aug. 10 incident.

        Investigators began looking into the incident after they arrested Mr. Williams May 16 after a woman was grabbed in a parking lot at 1635 Reading Road. Police said he choked her and tried to abduct her but was chased away by a crowd of men who came to the woman's rescue.

        At Reading Road and Dorchester Avenue, officials said, Mr. Williams was confronted by a Cincinnati police officer and lunged at him with a knife. The officer shot Mr. Williams in the groin.

        During questioning, Mr. Williams told investigators the knife belonged to his grandfather, and soon detectives began delving into his grandfather's death, officials said.

        Mr. Williams was in court Thursday for a competency hearing; his case was continued until next month pending additional psychiatric evaluation.

        He faces charges of attempted murder, attempted rape, felonious assault, kidnapping and two counts of robbery in the May attack. He pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to those charges.


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