Marianna Quadruple Murder Close to Closure?

By: Laura Kadechka
By: Laura Kadechka

There are still no arrests in one of the most brutal murder cases in Marianna, Florida.

One year ago, a young mother and three of her children were found dead in their home. Lizze Spires says there's not a day that goes by that she doesn't think about the death of her neighbor, 19-year-old Danielle Baker, and Baker's three young children.

She remembers walking out of her apartment that March morning. Police were swarming the area and she can't forget how she felt hearing the news that her neighbors were dead.

Lizzie says, "I couldn't believe what happened when they told me. It's hard to believe that someone would do something so heinous."

Investigators say Baker was shot to death and her three children died after they were bound with duct tape. The kids ranged in ages of just three weeks to three years of age.

LT Virgil Watson of the Marianna Police Department says, “For these little children to suffer the way they did, there's no [words] to explain the brutality and evilness I would say."

One year later, Marianna police say they've made no arrests, but say they're close.

LT Watson says, "We're just waiting on a lot of evidence from the lab to get back and we still have quite a bit, I'm thinking about a little over 2,000 pieces of evidence are still in the lab."

Watson says there is one person of interest and that's mostly due to his failure to cooperate. That person identified as Wesley Johnson Williams, the father of two of the children.

LT Watson says Williams is in a Calhoun County Jail on an unrelated charge of aggravated assault. Investigators say this case will remain on the front burner until the killer is brought to justice, giving a family and community closure.

There is a $25,000 reward for information leading to an arrest of the killer.


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