A jury has convicted 52-year-old James Edward Williams for the murder of his girlfriend in November of 2008.
Prosecutors say Williams strangled Chaundra Davis and then dumped her body in the Rock River. Her body was found two weeks after she was reported missing.
While prosecutors conceded there was a lack of physical evidence tying Williams to the murder, they say he had a motive and his actions afterward revealed his guilt. While it took several years for prosecutors to build enough of a case to charge Williams, it took only a few hours of deliberations for a jury to convicthim. They found him guilty of three counts of First Degree Murder and one count of Concealment of a Homicidal Death.
A formal sentencing date has not been set, although a status hearing has been scheduled for February 13th.
Outside the courtroom, family members were grateful for the verdict, but say it was bittersweet. “We got closure for our daughter, which we expected,” said the victim’s father James Davis. “There are other lives that have been intertwined in this situation that have also been wrecked.”