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Murder suspect arrested in victim's home

By Jim Wallace - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) –  An Albany woman is murdered in her own home by a neighbor and family friend who broke into her East Albany home. 58-year-old Johnnie Williams died of multiple stab wounds.

The man charged with her murder was arrested, covered in her blood, still inside her home. 

Johnnie WIlliams comes from a large and well known Albany family. She had three sons. One of those sons went to her home on Whiting Drive just after midnight Tuesday morning, and found his mother brutally attacked.

Johnnie WIlliams was found on the kitchen floor in her home early this morning. Neighbors and family tell us her son went to the house to check on her, and confronted 24-year-old Carlos Mitchell inside. They say he was covered with blood. Then the son found his Mother, stabbed and throat slashed. 

The brother of Williams, Bishop Frederick Williams said, "There was an intruder to her house. Maybe the motive was burglary. Unfortunately he resorted to violence and took her life."

The family says Carlos Mitchell is the son of family friends, and lives just one block away on Malone Drive. We went to his home, but people inside said they had no comment. The family says Johnnie WIlliams was a woman known for giving to others, and that may have played a part in her death.

"One who opened her house to many people," Bishop Williams said. "Kids in the neighborhood think the world of her. She is just a super girl."

People who live on the street say it's usually quiet, and are shocked.  Dot, who didn't want to give her last name, said "Oh, yes. This is very scary. Very scary. Because you don't know who to trust now."

Williams' family says it's time for the community to stand together.  "Because really gang violence, young people, just all kind of violence is raging in our city. And we all have to come together to come up with some solutions to make sure this doesn't keep repeating itself,"  Williams said.

The Williams family grieves together, while most neighbors on Whiting Drive stayed behind locked doors.

Williams' body will be sent to the GBI Crime Lab in Atlanta. Carlos Mitchell is charged with murder, aggravated assault, burglary, and possession of a knife in the commission of a crime.

This is the tenth homicide in Dougherty County this year. Mitchell is being held in the Dougherty County jail, and is scheduled to make his first appearance before a Judge Wednesday.


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