A 52-year-old Houston man has admitted to his participation in the July 2014
murder outside a parole office in Houston, announced U.S. Attorney Ryan K.
Patrick and Assistant Attorney General Brian A. Benczkowski of the Justice
Department’s Criminal Division.
Williams admitted to conspiracy to commit murder for hire and intentional
killing while engaged in drug trafficking.
hearing today, Williams admitted that in June 2014, he was hired to kill a
43-year-old Houston man. He expected to be paid $20,000 in return.
The victim was to be killed because he was suspected of
stealing approximately 50 kilograms of cocaine from a truck driver involved in
a drug organization - David Roberts, 44, of Houston. Roberts has also pleaded
guilty, admitting to regularly transporting large kilograms of cocaine from
Houston to Atlanta and transporting large quantities of cash on behalf of the
drug organization’s leader.
April 2014, Roberts received two duffle bags filled with cocaine in Houston.
Soon after the delivery, a lone gunman robbed Roberts of the cocaine. The
leader of the drug organization believed the victim and another individual were
responsible for the robbery and assembled a plan to kill them.
23, 2014, the other individual was kidnapped, zip-tied and put in the trunk of
a car. While being transported, he was able to break free, open the trunk and
jump out of the vehicle. A good Samaritan saw him, picked him up and attempted
to drive him to safety. However, they were pursued and
attacked with gunshots. Both were struck but survived.
this failed deadly attack, the second victim was targeted. Williams was hired
to conduct the murder and was provided a firearm. Williams admitted he was told
the victim would be meeting with his parole officer on July 1, 2014. Following
the appointment, the victim returned to his vehicle in the parking lot, at
which time Williams fired multiple shots, some at close range, killing the man
as he sat in the driver’s seat.
District Judge Sim Lake accepted the plea today and has set sentencing for
Sept. 17, 2020. At that time, Williams faces up to life imprisonment for his
participation in this murder for hire scheme.
The charges are the result of the Houston Law Enforcement Violent Crime Initiative created in
June 2017 which combines personnel and resources from numerous local, state and
federal law enforcement agencies. The goal of the initiative is to proactively
fight and reduce violent crime across the Greater Houston area by targeting the
region’s most violent offenders, augmenting investigative and prosecutorial
efforts, and enhancing training, public awareness and education.
Houston Police Department, Texas Department of Criminal Justice, U.S. Bureau of
Prisons, U.S. Marshals Service and the Texas Department of Public Safety
conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Steve Mellin and
Sebastian Edwards are prosecuting the case along with Trial Attorney Jim Nelson
of the Department of Justice’s Capital Case Section.