CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 27, 2003 |
James Tyler Williams has agreed to a plea deal in the July 1999 killings of a gay couple in Happy Valley, a newspaper reported Wednesday. Williams, 32, is expected to plead guilty Friday in Shasta County Superior Court to killing Gary Matson and Winfield Mowder with the help of his older brother, Benjamin Matthew Williams, in a rural area near Redding. Benjamin Williams killed himself in November in the Shasta County jail.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 7, 2001 |
Two brothers accused of torching three synagogues in the capital city two years ago reportedly will plead guilty today under an agreement with federal prosecutors. Under terms of the deal, Benjamin Matthew Williams, 33, is expected to plead guilty to arson and receive a sentence of 30 years in federal prison, according to KCRA-TV in Sacramento. His brother, James Tyler Williams, will enter a similar plea and also be sentenced to a 30-year term, the station reported.
September 22, 1999 |
Two brothers accused of killing a gay couple must stand trial in the hate-crime case and may face the death penalty if convicted, a judge ruled Tuesday. Benjamin Matthew Williams, 31, and James Tyler Williams, 29, will each be tried on two counts of first-degree murder and related charges, Shasta County Superior Court Judge James Ruggiero said. The brothers are accused of killing Gary Matson, 50, and Winfield Scott Mowder, 40, in July.
November 24, 1999 |
The government will seek the death penalty for two brothers accused of murdering two gay men, and a prosecutor said evidence about synagogue arsons in Sacramento will help show that their hate crimes merit execution. "There was a significant amount of planning that went into these murders," Shasta County Dist. Atty. McGregor Scott said Tuesday after a brief court hearing. "I think that speaks volumes about the nature of this case."
April 5, 2000 |
Two brothers accused of murdering a gay couple were arraigned Tuesday on charges of torching three Sacramento-area synagogues and a building housing an abortion clinic. Benjamin Matthew Williams, 31, and James Tyler Williams, 30, pleaded not guilty to last summer's attacks, which caused more than $1 million in damage.
July 20, 1999 |
Authorities Monday charged two stridently religious brothers with the premeditated murder of a prominent gay couple, calling it a hate crime motivated by the sexual orientation of the victims. Benjamin Matthew Williams, 31, and his 29-year-old brother, James Tyler Williams, face arraignment today in Shasta County Superior Court on six counts of murder and robbery. Shasta County Dist. Atty. McGregor W.