Man to face trial in Oklahoma City beating, stabbing death of 79-year-old family friend
Edward C. Williams Jr., 18, charged with first-degree murder in the April 4 death of 79-year-old Vernon Gowdy in Oklahoma City. Gowdy was a friend of the defendant's late mother
A man accused of beating an elderly man on the head and stabbing him and leaving the knife in his neck will face trial on a murder charge, a judge ruled Friday.
Edward Cortez Williams Jr., 18, is charged with first-degree murder in the death of family friend Vernon Gowdy, 79. Gowdy, of Oklahoma City, died April 4 from injuries he suffered the previous day at an apartment complex at 5922 S Lee.
Williams was arrested after telling a 911 operator that he “killed someone,” and confessing to homicide detectives that he beat and stabbed Gowdy, police reported.
The police officer who responded to the call testified Friday that Williams told him he hit Gowdy in the head with a nunchaku, which is a martial arts weapon, and knocked him to the floor before retrieving a kitchen knife and stabbing him in the neck several times.
“He left the knife in Vernon's neck,” Oklahoma City police Sgt. Jason Garner said.
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