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  05/21/2019 Jury convicts ex-police officer in double homicide  
    
 

PRESS RELEASE

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 21, 2019

 

By Corliss Smithen

Public Media Officer

(340) 774-5666 ext. 105

Email: corliss.smithen@doj.vi.gov

 

Jury convicts ex-police officer in double homicide

 

ST. CROIX, V.I. – Attorney General Designee Denise N. George announced Tuesday that ex-police officer, Francis Williams, was found guilty of murdering two fellow police officers almost three years ago.

            “I am very pleased with the verdict,” AG Designee George said.  “I commend the VIDOJ prosecution team, Assistant Attorneys General Quincy McRae, Nadja Harrigan, and Timothy Perry, for their outstanding performance, professionalism and relentless dedication. This was not an easy case, and as with many homicide cases, there were unexpected challenges along the way that they ultimately had to overcome. It is my hope that the family and loved ones of the victims will find some closure and comfort with this verdict.”

            Following five days of testimony and after almost two days of deliberation, jurors unanimously convicted Williams of Estate Whim of two counts each of second-degree murder, voluntary manslaughter, use of a firearm in the commission of a crime of violence and first-degree assault, and one count of stalking in connection with the Aug. 11, 2016, shooting deaths of Police Officer Lesha Lammy, 30, and Police Officer Kai Javois, 28.

            Williams was remanded to the Golden Grove Correctional Facility immediately after the jury verdict was announced to await sentencing, which V.I. Superior Court Judge Harold Willocks, who presided over the trial, has set for Aug. 21.

Police launched a search for Lammy and Javois on Aug. 11, 2016, after family and friends reported that they tried contacting them and they were not answering their cell phones.  The two were last seen on Aug. 10, 2016. The Virgin Islands Police Department was dispatched to the area of Ham’s Bluff and upon arrival, saw two black individuals later identified as Lammy and Javois lying on the ground with no vital signs.  Both bodies bore multiple gunshot wounds – Lammy suffered three gunshot wounds to the neck and chest, and Javois’ body was riddled with five bullet wounds to the head, hands, arm and abdomen, according to court documents.

At the crime scene, officers of the Virgin Islands Police Department Forensic Unit recovered and collected a spent casing for a .40 caliber weapon within approximately 12.6 feet from Javois’ head.  On August 12, 2016, a search warrant was executed at 49-A Estate Whim, 7-BB Estate Whim, 44-F Estate Whim and a 2004 Toyota Tacoma, black, four-door vehicle to search for the two victims’ cell phones and service weapons. The result of that search yielded only Williams’-+ .40-caliber 27 Glock pistol.  Later that same day, Corporal Carlton Wakefield, Williams’ brother, advised police that he went into Williams’ room and retrieved a .40 caliber .22 Glock semi-automatic pistol.  A firearms test conducted on Aug. 14, 2016, revealed that the cartridge case collected from the Hans Bluff crime scene matched the Glock (Austria) Model 22, .40 S&W, semi-automatic pistol, bearing the serial number KLC862 – Williams’ department-issued service revolver at the time.

During their investigations, police officers also interviewed several witnesses, including three police officers.  One witness told police that Lammy and Williams were in a “back and forth” relationship and that Lammy broke off the relationship.  The witness told police that Lammy called her one night and said that when she left her house to go out with her friends, Williams “was outside the house and, at some point, prevented her from going to meet her friends by snatching the keys out of the car.”  The witness told police that on Aug. 10, 2016, she received a phone call from Lammy indicating that Williams had come to her house and blocked Javois’ vehicle to prevent Lammy and Javois from leaving.  The witness said Lammy was heading to the police station to make a report.  Video surveillance cameras showed that Lammy arrived at the police station at Rainbow Complex at 12:10 p.m. that day, but left without making a complaint, according to court records.

Another witness said that Lammy complained to her of Williams’ “continuous harassment and stalking,” and reported to the witness the harassment she was experiencing, according to an affidavit filed by Det. Frankie Ortiz in support of Williams’ arrest.

Based on witnesses’ statements and other evidence, police arrested Williams on 12 charges. 

 
  Jury convicts ex-police officer in double homicide.pdf