Thursday, August 29 2013 7:14 PM EDT2013-08-29 23:14:58 GMT
(WMC-TV) - A 17-year-old is under arrest in connection with the disappearance and death of 11-year-old Jessica Williams. According to Mississippi County Sheriff Dale Cook, Christopher Sowell, of Gosnell,
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 >>
GOSNELL, AR -
(WMC-TV) - The father of Jessica Williams is grateful to everybody who helped search for the 11-year-old while she was missing. Everybody, that is, except for the teenager charged with killing her.
Eric Williams' little girl was found dead just miles from her home Wednesday morning. A 17-year-old neighbor reportedly confessed to killing her, telling investigators how it happened.
Williams feels better with closure, but when investigators told him who they arrested for the crime, he could not believe it.
"Completely blindsided me," he said.
Christopher Sowell lived a few hundred yards from the Williams' home, on Country Road 503 North.
When Jessica went missing Tuesday, her father says Christopher helped to search for her.
"He was right out here, right beside me in the field looking for her, right next me out there looking for her," said Williams. "'Maybe she's out here,' is what he said to me. And we're going back there looking, knowing the whole time, standing right beside me, he knew where she was."
Investigators say Sowell admitted that he got angry and threw Jessica off of a bridge a few miles from her home. When she threatened to tell her father, Sowell said he got angrier and scared so he choked her until she got "wide eyed" and then threw her off of the bridge again.
Eric Williams says one reason the family chose to live so deep in the country was to be safe. The other reason was for Jessica.
"She's a tomboy. She loved the country. She was just a little tomboy," he said. "She loved to go to church. Loved life. She was a good girl."
Sowell's family did not want to speak to Action News 5 about the arrest. A public defender was assigned to Christopher and he is due back in court September 26.
Friday, July 25 2014 9:13 PM EDT2014-07-26 01:13:57 GMT
A warning from the Better Business Bureau and Mississippi utility companies: it seems when hot or very cold weather hits, bogus callers do too. The manager at the Iron Horse Grill in Jackson receivedMore >>
The manager at the Iron Horse Grill in Jackson received a call Tuesday from a Vicksburg number.More >>
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 >>
Thursday, July 24 2014 12:04 AM EDT2014-07-24 04:04:58 GMT
The victim of a vicious gang rape is warning other women in the metro area. The victim and her attorney talked about the attack exclusively with WLBT. The 35-year-old woman, whose identity we are protecting,More >>
The victim, whose identity we are protecting, said, "He put the gun to my head and told me to take my clothes off. And that's when I couldn't do nothing. I was just standing there crying. And the other dude came from behind the truck. He put one in my side. And they bent me over in my front seat and they started raping me over and over again." More >>
Saturday, July 26 2014 12:56 PM EDT2014-07-26 16:56:28 GMT
Former drug dealers were working up a sweat Saturday morning in Jackson's Washington Addition neighborhood. Timothy Liddell and John Knight were helping clean up the neighborhood they helped tear downMore >>
Former drug dealers were working up a sweat Saturday morning in Jackson's Washington Addition neighborhood.More >>