Thursday, May 17, 2007
Suspect 'Person of Interest' in 2nd Killing
By Olivier Uyttebrouck
Journal Staff Writer
When a body turned up on an Albuquerque street corner April 25, Doug Simpson gave police an eyewitness account that resulted in a murder charge against Fredrick Williams, 18.
Simpson's statement identified Williams as the man who shoved and argued with Maurice Johnson, 19, moments before Johnson was shot to death at Mesilla and Trumbull SE, according to a criminal complaint in Metropolitan Court.
Just nine days after Johnson's killing, Simpson, 19, was found dead from multiple gunshot wounds in a house in the 1200 block of Ortiz SE.
Albuquerque police consider Williams a "person of interest" in Simpson's May 4 killing, said Trish Hoffman, an APD spokeswoman.
Bernalillo County officials are seeking Williams' extradition from San Diego, where U.S. marshals and local police arrested him Saturday after a traffic stop. He faces an open count of murder in the Johnson killing.
"We know they were friends," Hoffman said of Simpson and Williams. "We know Simpson was a witness" in the murder case against Williams, she said.
Police haven't questioned Williams, Hoffman said.
Williams came to the attention of police months before Johnson's killing.
Police say Williams fatally shot Lorenzo Montoya, 39, on Dec. 17 after Montoya allegedly strangled Williams' girlfriend, Shericka Hill, 19.
Officials say Williams was justified in shooting Montoya and filed no charges in the killing.
Bernalillo County Assistant District Attorney Ken Williams said evidence at the scene corroborated Fredrick Williams' statement that Montoya had threatened him with a firearm.
Two weapons were found at the scene, and Fredrick Williams himself called 911 to report the killings.
"From my impressions at the scene, it didn't look like anything we would want to prosecute," Ken Williams said Wednesday. "There was nothing to indicate that it was more than self defense."