Woman returned to Williamson Co. for murder of elderly woman


Reporter: Mychaela Bruner
Photographer: Randall Barnes
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UPDATE (1/29/14):  30 year-old Tamara Williams made her first court appearance on Wednesday. A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for February 10th at 1:15 p.m.

Tamara was been returned from Rutherford County, Tennessee earlier today.

Williams is being held in the Williamson County Jail on $1 million bond.

UPDATE:  WIlliamson County Sheriff Bennie Vick says 66 year-old Barbara Beers of Johnston City, Illinois died as a result of stab wounds. 

30 year-old Tamera Williams, of Johnston City, was arrested in Tennessee.  Vick believes Williams stole Beers' car and was headed to Georgia.

Williams is currently being held in the Rutherford County jail on charges of possession of a stolen vehicle.  Additional charges related to the homicide are expected to file against Williams Sunday.


WILLIAMSON COUNTY, Ill.—We are still trying to learn more tonight about a woman found dead in Williamson County, Illinois.  Yesterday, the Sheriff's Office received a call about someone lying in a neighbors yard. When they arrived, they found the woman unresponsive.

Neighbors did not want to talk to us on camera, but they said they think it was foul play.  They said a crime like this was least expected, especially not on a rural road like Mcinturf.

I reached out to neighbors, but no one would speak to us out of fear and concern for the neighborhood, but what one neighbor did say was when his kids came home from school they found the woman's body lying here and left for dead.

In a desperate search for answers, a sheriff's deputy brought in a canine unit to search for clues.  Williamson County Sheriff Bennie Vick said the woman does not live near the area where she was found.

Neighbors said they are left wondering, why here, in a once calm and peaceful neighborhood.

An autopsy was scheduled for today.  Local 6 is still waiting on those results. We have not received any reports of an arrest.  Stay with us as we continue to follow this developing story.