Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Man Murders Ex in Albany

From the Albany Herald:

Monty Caren Simpson, 56, is in the Dougherty County Jail on murder, aggravated assault and aggravated stalking charges with no bail set, a jail spokeswoman said.

Simpson is charged with murdering Beverly Jean Williams, 51, his former live-in girlfriend, in the Dollar Inn’s room 114 at 2706 North Slappey Blvd., police officers said at a 3 p.m. press conference Tuesday.

“She was sent to Macon for an autopsy, which revealed the cause of death as blunt-force trauma,” said Albany Police Detective Terrance Whitlock at the Albany Law Enforcement Center on Oglethorpe Boulevard.

Police did not disclose any weapon that might have been used in the murder due to the continuing investigation.

Simpson called 911 and was at the scene when police arrived. He has a long history of domestic violence with Williams, Whitlock said.

“Several months ago, he was arrested for assault and she was the victim,” the APD detective said. “Witnesses reported them being roommates at the motel, but that is still under investigation due to his having an order against him.”

The order was for Simpson to stay away from Williams, a police report stated.

Bravo to the Herald for recognizing this as a domestic violence murder and for calling attention to the perpetrator's history of using violence. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Williams family.

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