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Tampa man charged in 2005 homicide


Published:   |   Updated: August 24, 2013 at 01:41 PM

The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office on Friday night arrested a suspect in a 2005 homicide.

Antonius Williams was charged with first-degree premeditated murder, robbery and grand theft in the death of Alvin Christopher Johnson. Williams is being held at Orient Road Jail with no bail. A grand jury indicted Williams on Thursday, the sheriff’s office said.

He was arrested at around 6 p.m. in the area of North 22nd Street and East Lake Avenue in Tampa.

Williams, 32, of Tampa, is accused of killing Johnson, who was found dead in October 2005 in the trunk of a car he rented that was parked in the Best Western Hotel, located at 9331 Adamo Drive. His hands and feet were bound, the sheriff’s office said.

On Oct. 5, 2005, Johnson and Williams spoke on the telephone and agreed to meet to complete a marijuana transaction. A day later, Johnson was reported missing by his family, the sheriff’s office said.

On Oct. 8, 2005, Johnson’s body was found in the trunk of the 2006 Dodge Charger, the sheriff’s office said.

In an interview with investigators, Williams admitted calling Johnson about the marijuana sale, the sheriff’s office said.

Since 2005, witnesses have remained consistent with their stories. One witnesses told investigators that Williams confessed, the sheriff’s office said. Another witness testified that he saw Williams driving Johnson’s vehicle, the sheriff’s office said.

Electrical tape from Johnson’s home matches the one used to bind his hands., and electrical wires from Williams’ home match the ones used in binding Johnson’s hands and feet, the sheriff’s office said.

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