July 17, 2014

On this day July 17th

On July 17, 1981 saw the indictment of Wayne B. Williams for the Atlanta Murders. Fulton County (Atlanta) grand jury indicted Wayne B. Williams, a twenty-three-year-old photographer, for the murder of two of the twenty-eight Black youths mostly boys between the ages of 7 and 14, killed in a series of slayings and disappearances in Atlanta. William denied the charges but was convicted in February, 1982.  

 

Williams narrowly escaped capture on May 22, 1981, when police heard someone dumping something in the Chattahoochee River. Williams was found climbing into a station wagon, was questioned, and then allowed to go. But when a body turned up later, fibers found on the victim matched those found in William's car, and he was arrested.Williams was found guilty and sentenced to life in prison.

 

After the trial, doubts were raised about his guilt, and many consider the case unsolved.

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