A second arrest has been made in the death of seven-year-old Billie Williams, who was found dead two months ago in the garage of her family’s home in Stockton, California.
At around 4:45 AM on May 23, police responded to a request for a welfare check at the Williams home in the 1300 block of Candlewood Way in Stockton. Billie was located, unresponsive, in the garage and pronounced dead on the scene. Child Protective Services took the family’s surviving five children into custody.
The same day, Billie’s father, 30-year-old Billy Dee Williams, was arrested and booked into the San Joaquin County Jail. He was arraigned on May 27 on six felony counts of willful cruelty to a child resulting in injury or death, in addition to felony torture and infliction of great bodily injury.
Billy was originally charged with felony murder, although he was not arraigned on that charge; Dr. Michael Hunter, medical examiner for San Joaquin County, needs additional time to review all of the forensic medical evidence to determine Billie’s cause of death.
County District Attorney Tori Verber Salazar said in a statement, “This remains an open and active investigation, and we are working with Stockton police detectives, Children’s Protective Services, and the Medical Examiner’s Office to ensure justice is served in this case.”
She added, “As the investigation proceeds and once the medical examiner determines the cause of death, additional charges can and will be filed as warranted against any persons responsible for the death of this young girl.”
Ms. Salazar wasn’t just blowing smoke. On the evening of Tuesday, June 16, a second arrest was made in the case, one that Billy Dee Williams’ family members have been waiting for. His wife, 38-year-old Takiesha Lakwham Williams, was arrested on suspicion of felony torture and willful cruelty toward a child resulting in possible injury or death in relation to the death of Billie Williams, who was Takiesha’s stepdaughter.
Over the past two weeks, several members of the Williams family, including Takiesha, were interviewed over several episodes of The AFC Podcast, on which the host discusses current news events. During her portion, Takiesha discussed her volatile relationship with Billy’s family, saying, “When I tell you they’ve been coming at me hard, they’ve been coming at me hard. This was not even a shock to me, but it can be unpacked and be found to be so untrue.”
She talked about multiple visits from CPS as well as about domestic violence on her husband’s part. “Billy is about action. It ain’t going to be talking. Have you ever seen someone beat somebody with a mountain bike before?”
During Billy’s initial court hearing, several members of his family protested outside the courtroom, demanding his wife also be investigated. Family members told a reporter that Takiesha’s arrest was a step toward justice.
The next court date for both Billy and Takiesha is scheduled for at 8:30 AM on June 25. Billy is being held on $2.2 million bail. Takiesha’s bail is set at $2 million.
Click here for my ongoing coverage of Billie’s case.
Sources: Recordnet, CBS Sacramento