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Lakewood man accused of killing cat, targeting people

Post by Adam Lynn / The News Tribune on July 26, 2011 at 2:08 pm with 15 Comments »
July 26, 2011 2:08 pm

Pierce County prosecutors have charged a 19-year-old man with a variety crimes for allegedly killing his family’s cat and buying a gun with intentions of killing people.

Matthew G. Williams is to be arraigned this afternoon.

Lakewood police found Williams passed out behind the wheel of his car July 8. He was wearing a black mask and had an air rifle across his lap, according to charging documents. Officers also found a rifle scope, machete and marijuana in the car, the records show.

Williams told officers after his arrest he bought the gun at a local discount store mistakenly believing it was a firearm, the documents state. He also said he had the desire to kill people and had been preparing himself by killing birds and other animals, including his cat.

Williams said he planned to target homeless people and “average” white men with no family attachments, the records show. He also said he admired serial killers, including Ted Bundy.

Police searched Williams’ bedroom and found a large knife and stories allegedly written by Williams in which he talked about murdering people, the court records show.

Police also believe Williams took a shot at a man waiting at a bus stop.

He’s charged with second-degree assault, felony harassment, first-degree animal cruelty, unlawfully carrying or handling weapons capable of producing bodily harm, dangerous weapons, physical control of a motor vehicle while under the influence, unlawful possession of a controlled substance and resisting arrest.


Leave a comment Comments → 15
  1. Honor the brave little cat who sacrificed himself so that this young person can receive the mental services he needs. Truly Cats are the canary in the coal-mine for murderous crazy people.

  2. jonathan says:

    Hope he never sees the light of day again.

  3. Crimes mentally ill people commit are charged, while crimes committed against mentally ill people are not charged in Pierce County. It’s enough to drive you crazy!

  4. duke_of_hurl says: dopers ARE vio-lent..

  5. one of our finest liberal judges will pat this poor soul on the bottom and when he does kill someone, we’ll blame his parents.

  6. justin_yorbum says:

    Really, Duke? A rifle, a machete or some marijuana. One of these things is not like the others… and if this guy was so high he thought the air rifle was a real rifle there’s a good chance that weed saved someones life.

  7. Awe, the son only a mother can love.

  8. ginahopk says:

    He is a very dangerous person. Thank God he was arrested before he killed several people. I personally think he should be put on death row for killing the poor cat.

  9. m9078jk3 says:

    Marijuana can make a small percentage of people go crazy.

  10. madmike272 says:

    This guy is a real squirrel, but the justice system will pump him back out on the streets all too soon.

  11. “….but the justice system will pump him back out on the streets all too soon.”

    Nah, they found weed on him, they will surely never let him go!

  12. As I prefer most cats to most people, I hope the b@$t@rd gets life in prison.

  13. WarmNfuzziOne says:

    There are several subtle indicators that there might be something ‘not right’ with this young man.

  14. tonnibell says:

    Can you say “Cry for help with mental disturbances…?” My lord, thats quite a list of charges. Passed out behind the wheel?? I seriously doubt he was passed out from smoking weed but whatever he was doing saved someone life. Get this man some help behind bars!!!!

  15. tonnibell says:

    Hell, this guy was charged with more than the illegal alien that open fired at the Casino!! WTH?

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