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Williams indicted in slayings of sisters and an unborn child

A Thomson man has been indicted by a McDuffie County grand jury on more than a dozen criminal charges, including the slayings of two sisters and an unborn child.

Grand jurors returned a 14-count indictment lastWednesday against Bryant Williams, of the 100 block of Cherry Street, according to court documents made public last Thursday morning in the McDuffie County Superior Court Clerk's Office.

Mr. Williams is accused of shooting to death his 21-year-old girlfriend, Linda Mathis and her sister, Marlo, 20, who was six months pregnant. Both women were shot multiple times with a handgun, authorities said.

The shootings occurred on April 30 inside an apartment in the city limits that Mr. Williams and his girlfriend shared. Marlo Mathis was visiting and had planned to stay with her older sister for a few days, relatives said.

Mr. Williams, who is being held in the McDuffie County Law Enforcement Center in Thomson, was indicted on the following charges:

* Two counts of mailice murder;

* Two counts of felony murder;

* Two counts of feticide;

* Two counts of aggravated assault;

* Two counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of certain crimes; and

* Four counts of statutory aggravated circumstances.

The case was presented to grand jurors by Toombs Judicial Circuit District Attorney Dennis C. Sanders.

Although no official trial date has been set, it could come as early as March -- the next term of Superior Court in McDuffie County -- Mr. Sanders said.

Web posted on Thursday, December 18, 2008

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