Smyrna man indicted in wife’s choking death
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Derrick McLaurence Williams
Derrick McLaurence Williams
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MARIETTA — A Smyrna man has been indicted on murder charges stemming from a case in which police said he choked his wife to death in her home, and then tried to cover up the killing to make it look like a drug overdose.

Cobb District Attorney Vic Reynolds announced Tuesday that the Cobb grand jury has indicted Derrick McLaurence Williams, 31, for the murder of Finesse Dawson, his 33-year-old wife.

The indictment, handed down April 4, alleges that Williams strangled Dawson with his bare hands on Dec. 5, 2012, while in her home on Old Spring Road in Smyrna. No one else was said to be inside the home at the time.

Investigators charged in the arrest warrant that Williams killed his wife sometime between 1 a.m. and 4 p.m., then cleaned the body, wrapped it in bedding and left it on a bed. He moved her car from the front of the home in the 2200 block of Old Spring Road to the back, then left without calling police.

Williams reportedly told friends and family his wife had died of an overdose and wanted them to report her death to police, according to the warrant. She had been beaten all over her body, and an autopsy showed she was strangled.

Williams was arrested a week later on Dec. 11, in Washoe County near Reno, Nev. Washoe officials extradited him back to Cobb County, where he remains in jail without bond.

He is charged with malice murder, felony murder and two counts of aggravated assault.

Assistant District Attorney John Pursley is prosecuting the case, which is assigned to Cobb Superior Court Judge Reuben Green.

No arraignment date has been set.

Marietta attorney Jill Stahlman has been appointed to represent Williams. If he is convicted, he could face life in prison without parole.
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