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May 30, 2003

Dawson-- There's been an arrest in Terrell County's oldest unsolved murder. On November 20, 1992, 30-year-old Jeanette Woodson, a mother of four, was shot to death and dumped on a dirt road. And now, more than ten years later, a Florida man is charged with killing her.

33-year-old Anthony Lashawn Williams is in the Terrell County jail, charged with murder. "I feel pretty sure it's going to be solved and I feel pretty sure we have the right person." Terrell County Sheriff John Bowens led a team to Quincy, Florida four weeks ago, and arrested Williams at his home.

New evidence points to Williams as the person who shot 30-year-old Jeanette Woodson and left her body along the side of Old Field Road in Terrell County. Jeanette's sister Linda Clay says, "We stayed on the investigation for many years, it seemed to die down, I just put it in the hands of the Lord and figured He'll find out who did it."

Jeanette's sister Linda and her mother, Louvenia Clay, raised Jeanette's four daughters. Linda says, "I had nightmares, not nightmares, just dreaming about her all the time it would seem like she was there when I would wake up, I had a hard time dealing with it."

Those dreams of Jeanette are returning. Linda says the arrest has brought back painful memories for the family. But, Jeanette's mother says she might finally get the answer she's been searching for, "I would like to know why she was killed, my biggest problem is why she was."

Just why Jeanette was murdered is unknown--both family members and investigators say they can't pinpoint a relationship between Jeanette and her accused killer other than a brief time they worked together at Dawson Manufacturing. But, family members are hopeful a decade-long search for answers will soon come to an end.

The case will be presented to a Terrell County Grand Jury Monday.

Posted at May 30, 2003 by melissa.kill@walb.com

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