Victim: Freddie L. Williams
Location of Incident: 11th & Reynolds
Date of Incident: June 8, 2006
On Thursday, June 8, 2006 at approximately 5:01 a.m., Springfield Police Officers were dispatched to the area of 11th and Reynolds for a reported stabbing. Upon arrival, officers located the victim, Freddy L. Williams (M/B/10-23-47). Williams was conscious when officers arrived and he was bleeding from a stab wound to his chest. He said he had just returned home from dropping his girlfriend off at work. Williams said he was walking up to his residence when a black male jumped out of the bushes and stabbed him.
He told officers the suspect fled without attempting to rob him. Williams was transported by ambulance to Memorial Medical Center and was pronounced deceased at 6:10 a.m. Detectives are hopeful that there is information in the community which will be helpful in this homicide investigation and which could enable the case to be brought forward for prosecution of the suspect(s). Police would appreciate any information pertaining to this homicide which could lead to justice for the victim and his family. Crime Stoppers is offering $5000 for information which leads to the arrest of the person or persons responsible for the shooting and death of Freddie Williams.
Family members of Freddie L. Williams have spent the last 10 years wondering who fatally stabbed him and why somebody would want to kill such a well-liked man. Williams, 58, was found murdered near 11th and Reynolds streets the morning of June 8, 2006.
His son, Travis Williams, 45, of Springfield, said his father was energetic, funny and known across Springfield by his nickname, 'Butch.'
"He was just an all-around great person," Travis said. "I was truly saddened when he was murdered. I wish we could shed some light in this case. It's definitely a really horrible thing to endure – not knowing the culprit of the crime."
To help identify a suspect and bring some closure to the family, Crime Stoppers of Sangamon and Menard Counties has chosen the Williams homicide as the eighth in a series of unsolved "cold" cases it is highlighting. The program runs until the end of next month, and authorities are offering an enhanced reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to an arrest.
Officer Mike Badger of the Springfield Police Department, coordinator of the Crime Stoppers program, said tipsters need to call before the deadline to qualify for the enhance reward. Read rest of article from SJ-R
This is the eighth "cold case" homicide Crime Stoppers is presenting to the public in hopes of generating leads which will assist investigators in solving homicide case’s and making arrest(s). Crime Stoppers will pay $5000 cash for any information which leads to the arrest of any persons responsible for any past homicides in Sangamon and Menard Counties. Persons with information can leave a tip on the Crime Stopper tipline at 788-8427, using the links to the right, or by text by using the keyword TIP672 followed by the tip info which should then be sent to CRIMES (2-7-4-6-3-7). All anonymous information must be submitted to Crime Stoppers before 9/30/16 to be eligible for the enhanced rewards of $5000. After that date, the reward for this and other homicides will revert to the $1000 maximum Crime Stoppers reward.