Suspect in murder of 5-year-old girl facing additional charges in Russell Co.
RUSSELL COUNTY, Ala. (WTVM) - According to the Russell County Sheriff’s Office, new capital murder charges have been served on Jeremy Williams.
Williams appeared in court in Russell County on Jan. 12. Judge David Johnson presented three new capital murder charges to him.
Williams was initially charged with a capital murder charge for the murder of a person less than 14 years old.
The capital murder charges include:
- One count of kidnapping
- One count of rape, first degree
- One count of sodomy, first degree
Abuse of a corpse and producing child pornography charges were also added today. This on top of the existing capital murder charge.
The case remains under a gag order.
“They’re putting all of these cases together so that they will travel in the same manner. They’ll be at the same hearings and they’ll go to court at the same time. It expedites matters. They’ll all be treated together,” explained Chuck Floyd, Williams’ attorney.
“I can’t say much about the details leading to those warrants, but the warrants will speak for themselves and what the underlying allegations are,” said Rick Chancey, Russell County Assistant DA. “There’s still... obviously it troubles us, the information that we have found out and when it gets to trial... When it gets there and we get to the truth and the bottom of this, as soon as we can, get more information out to you as this case progresses through the system.”
Russell Co. Sheriff Heath Taylor said in a press conference two weeks ago that additional charges would be filed against Williams. Williams’ new charges were filed on January 11. The new charges include one count of abuse of a corpse and one count of producing child pornography.
In the State of Alabama, if proven guilty, a capital murder offense means Williams will either be facing life in prison without parole or the death penalty.
Kristy Siple, mother of Kamarie, was also arrested Dec. 29 on felony murder charges. Siple was charged with one human trafficking charge. The warrant for the human trafficking charge states Siple allegedly agreed with another person to pay Siple to have sexual intercourse and sodomy with 5-year-old Kamarie.
Siple has been charged with three counts of murder:
- Murder during the course of kidnapping
- Murder during the course of rape
- Murder during the course of sodomy
Williams and Siple are currently being held in the Russell County Jail without bond.
Next, either a preliminary hearing or grand jury. Assistant DA Chancey says hopefully Williams’ trial will take place later this year.
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