Friday, Mar 7, 2014
Williamson County Neighborhood Rattled by Friday's Homicide
WILLIAMSON CO. -- Neighbors react to Friday night's homicide in Williamson County, and authorities release the names of the victim and suspect.
The sheriff's office saysTamara Williams, 30, of Johnston City is now sitting in a Tennessee county jail. She's being held for stealing the victim's car, who we now know is Barbara Beers, 66, also of Johnston City. Authorities say Williams will face additional charges related to the homicide.
The death has rattled the small neighborhood where Beers's body was found.
"It's a nice quiet, neighborhood. Not much goes on around here," says neighbor Tom Caliper. "It's kind of scary when something like that happens in your neighborhood."
Caliper says he barely missed the chaos, "I went to Marion, my wife and I, about 3:15. They say it happened about 3:30."
He lives across the street from the driveway where Beers was found. Caliper says her body was discovered by two high school students.
"Saw something over here that they thought was some trash and went in the house and put their stuff up. And came back out to look and found it was a dead body and her cell phone was ringing at the time they came up here," he explains.
Caliper says it's strange Beers was found stabbed to death in a neighborhood where no one knew who she was.
"The investigator was down here on his hands and knees marking spots down there and I said, 'did you find any blood trail?' I thought maybe she came through the woods there. And he said, 'No, she was killed right here.'"
The Williamson County Sheriff's Office believes Williams is responsible for the crime. She was arrested Saturday just south of Nashville, Tennessee for stealing the Beers's car.
It's unclear how, or even if Williams and Beers knew each other, or why they ended up on this particular dead end road.
"It makes you wonder what could have happened that they would pull down this road and kill somebody right here. I don't even think they were from the area," Caliper adds.
The murder has left the neighborhood feeling uneasy, but many like Caliper are glad to know it's over.
"I think probably everybody in the neighborhood's going to feel that way, but I think it was such an isolated incident. I don't really think this neighborhood's changed."
The Williamson County Sheriff's Office says there are no other suspects in the case. Additional charges are expected to be filed on Sunday.
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