Smyrna authorities say man suspected of killing wife arrested in Reno
by Kim Isaza
December 13, 2012 01:00 AM | 16684 views | 7 7 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Finesse Dawson
Finesse Dawson
Derrick McLaurence Williams, wanted in the 12/5/12 strangulation murder of his wife in Smyrna, was arrested 12/11/12 in Reno, Nev. This mug is from the Washoe County Sheriff's Office.
Derrick McLaurence Williams, wanted in the 12/5/12 strangulation murder of his wife in Smyrna, was arrested 12/11/12 in Reno, Nev. This mug is from the Washoe County Sheriff's Office.
SMYRNA — Derrick McLaurence Williams, who is accused of killing his wife, Finesse Dawson, in her Smyrna home on Dec. 5, was arrested late Tuesday at a Greyhound bus stop near Reno, Nev. He is now being held without bond in the Washoe County jail pending extradition.

Williams, 30, was armed at the time of his arrest, Smyrna Police Officer Michael Smith said. Smith would not describe the weapon Williams had.

The Cobb Sheriff’s Office and the U.S. Marshals coordinated with Reno Police and the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office to track Williams down, and a Smyrna police detective is flying there to interview Williams.

The Cobb Sheriff’s Office said Williams was arrested as he got off a Greyhound bus. He struggled briefly with officers during the arrest, but no additional charges have been filed.

Williams does not face local charges in Nevada and is being held there pending an extradition hearing, Smith said. How soon he returns to Georgia depends on whether Williams fights or waives extradition.

Wednesday morning, Smith said his agency did not release information on Dawson’s killing until this week because Sheriff’s investigators and the Marshals “were on his trail and didn’t want to compromise the safety of the officers or the investigation.”

“We had to weigh the long-term threat to the public,” Smith said. “If we release information quickly, we run the risk of him being out there longer because he knows we’re looking for him. And then when we do catch up with him, officers are more at risk.”

In two warrants for his arrest, investigators say Williams choked Dawson, 33, to death sometime between 1 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Dec. 5, then cleaned her body, wrapped it in bedding and left it on a bed. He moved her car from the front of her home in the 2200 block of Old Spring Road to the back, then left without calling police.

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

He is charged with malice murder, felony murder, aggravated battery, aggravated assault and concealing a death, all felonies, and a misdemeanor charge of possession of marijuana.

In August, Williams was sentenced to 12 months of probation on battery and other charges relating to his wife. He was ordered to have no violent contact with her and to complete the family violence intervention program.
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December 25, 2012
If they are married then why do they have different last names?
June 28, 2013
They had the, same last name finesse dawson williams

Moving out of Smyrna
December 14, 2012
They didn't release the facts of what he did because Smyrna didn't want anyone to know the facts. They can't even lie correctly.
more smyrna bs
December 12, 2012
Officer Smith, FYI,... the perp KNEW the cops were looking for him,.... because,...uh,... he KILLED his wife!

Quite curious you put this as the reason for not releasing this crime info to the public! Smyrna has a history of keeping things 'quiet',.. keeping the population uninformed & 'in the dark'.

If what you speak were true, that press releases hinder apprehension's of criminals when killings, rapes, assaults, etc. occur, then we would never see other jurisdictions release breaking news.

On the contrary,.. if his face had been blasted all over the news,.. we might not be paying to fly the police out to to Nevada. The 'informed' public would (could have-should have) been on the look out,.. and turned him in before he ever had a chance to flee!

Smyrna keeps many dark secrets!
ah no
December 13, 2012
The reason he ran in the first place is that is was all over the news. Nothing is in the dark, open investigations are not subject to public release, it the law. Please go look it up. Blasting his face all over the news as you say makes them run harder and further and is counterproductive. I'm sure he fled the state hrs after the murder just like they always do. Folks who hunt fugitives will tell you, they want them to relax to not know they are being hunted and go about their regular routine so they are easier to catch and not so edgy. The police's job is to find out who did, the Sheriff and the Marshals are the hunters of men. When your hunting you dont use a bull horn and wear jingle bells. Think about it. The Sheriff and the Marshals don't brag on their arrest and that is why they are so good at what they do. You john Q. public do not know how they do what they do. I'm sure they will say your welcome anyhow.
December 12, 2012
Now Finesse can finally rest in Peace. Prayers to her family and his.
December 12, 2012
The Cobb County Sheriff's Office Fugitive Unit and the United States Marshal's Office, tracked and apprehended the man at a Greyhound bus station in Reno Nevada. Good job to our local and federal guys!
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