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.