The Commercial Appeal
By Tom Bailey Jr.
March 8, 2008
A Rosemark boy has apparently committed an act of tragic heroism: killing his father to save his sister. Larry Williams was choking his 19-year-old daughter Thursday night when his 15-year-old son intervened, stabbing him in the back, according to a release from the Shelby County Sheriff's Office. Williams is the brother of former firefighter Frederick Williams, who shot and killed his wife, two fellow firefighters and a sheriff's deputy eight years ago today. Frederick Williams was found not guilty by reason of insanity and returned to a secure state mental hospital... The boy tried to stop the attack, and when Williams continued, the boy stabbed him with a kitchen knife... Relatives told investigators that Williams had also choked his daughter three weeks ago, but they did not report the attack then. A Shelby County grand jury will review the circumstances of the stabbing, but the Sheriff's Department does not anticipate charging the boy... [Full article here]
FROM 2 YEARS AGO:
Former Memphis Firefighter Found "Not Guilty By Reason Of Insanity" for Killing Four
A former Memphis firefighter accused of murdering two firefighters, a Sheriff’s Deputy and his wife in March of 2000 is found "not guilty by reason of insanity" Monday afternoon in a Memphis court. Fred Williams has said in the past to a judge that he is the "son of God" and that a "New World Order" has implanted a microchip in his body to spy on him. Fred Williams has been in a state mental hospital for three years, after being diagnosed as depressed, psychotic and delusional. Stacey Williams [his wife], firefighters Javier Lerma and William Blakemore and Deputy Rupert Peete, Jr. were killed in March 2000 at Fred Williams’ home. Investigators say he set the fire then started shooting people as they arrived to put out the fire.
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