Thursday, August 29 2013 7:09 PM EDT2013-08-29 23:09:57 GMT
(WMC-TV) - A town of just over 3,000 people is outraged that a 17-year-old is allegedly responsible for strangling and pushing 11-year-old Jessica Williams off of a bridge. Flags on the campus of GosnellMore >>
Flags on the campus of Gosnell Public Schools flew at half-mast while students and faculty suffered through a horrific loss.More >>
Thursday, August 29 2013 11:42 AM EDT2013-08-29 15:42:57 GMT
(WMC-TV) - Grieving family members spent a big chunk of Wednesday at the Mississippi County Sheriff's office helping investigators try to figure how 11-year-old Jessica Williams vanished and then turned
Grieving family members spent a big chunk of Wednesday at the Mississippi County Sheriff's office helping investigators try to figure how 11-year-old Jessica Williams vanished and then turned up dead. More >>
Tuesday, September 2 2014 5:04 AM EDT2014-09-02 09:04:58 GMT
(WMC) - A Southaven man providing day care services at his home is now accused of another sex crime. Richard Marsee was charged last week with fondling a child in the same house where he cared for children.More >>
A Southaven man providing day care services at his home is now charged with another sex crime.
Tuesday, September 2 2014 5:02 AM EDT2014-09-02 09:02:50 GMT
(WMC) - Another Memphis neighborhood is worried about vicious dogs roaming the streets. One person who lives in the area around Spottswood Avenue and S. Highland Street says at lest 10 cats and three smallMore >>
One person who lives in the area around Spottswood Avenue and S. Highland Street says at lest 10 cats and three small dogs have become attack victims.More >>
GOSNELL, AR -
(WMC-TV) - The 17-year-old charged in the death of 11-year-old Jessica Williams reportedly confessed to becoming angry at her before strangling her and pushing her off of a bridge.
Christopher Sowell, 17, of Gosnell, Arkansas, is charged with first degree murder. His bond was set at $2 million in court Thursday.
Williams went missing Tuesday night around 6 p.m. Her body was found Wednesday morning just miles from her home.
As they conducted interviews, investigators say they were pointed in the direction of Sowell, who then told them everything.
According to the affidavit of complaint, Sowell said that he became angry at Jessica and pushed her. When she said she was going to tell her father, Sowell said he became even more angry. He said he grabbed her by the throat and choked her until she became "wide eyed". He then pushed her over the side of the bridge into the water below.
Her bicycle was found first, in a roadside ditch. Her body was then discovered at 6:30 a.m. Wednesday.
"I did everything I could for her. And I knew when her bicycle I got for her for birthday was on the side of the road, that something was wrong," said Jessica's grandmother, Rebecca Burchard.
Jessica's family was at the courthouse Thursday as Sowell was officially charged with the crime.
"It was one of the hardest things I've ever had to do," added Burchard.
Family friend Joyce Green remembered the last time she saw the little girl.
"Last time we seen her, she was laughing and having a good time," said Green. "She was outgoing and real happy. She loved life."
Prosecutors say Sowell will be charged as an adult.
"Please, please, keep your eye on your kids and don't take your eyes off of them for a second," pleaded Burchard. "Please, the world's not safe, please. Don't trust nobody."
Friday, July 25 2014 3:19 PM EDT2014-07-25 19:19:10 GMT
(WMC) – A prostitution sting was conducted at a Southaven hotel Thursday. As a result, the following 12 people were arrested: Preston K. Mitchell, 52, Memphis, Tenn., charged with procuring prostitutionMore >>
A prostitution sting was conducted at a Southaven hotel Thursday. Twelve people were arrested.More >>