Lee Roy Williams pleads guilty to four murders
LAKE CHARLES – The man accused of brutally killing four people in Lake Charles and then fleeing to Baton Rouge pleaded guilty and was sentenced today.
51-year-old Lee Roy Williams was given four life sentences for first-degree murder in district court today, which will run consecutively. District Attorney John DeRosier said the sentencing was in accordance with the wishes of the victims’ families, who wanted Williams to sit in jail instead of getting the death penalty.
Williams admitted to killing two men and two women at a mobile home in Lake Charles over the Labor Day weekend, and DeRosier said the motive was over drugs and money.
Prosecutors said Williams shot one man in the head, then turned and shot the other man in the head before beating him with a bat and stabbing him multiple times with a knife. He then shot one of the women in the shoulder before beating and stabbing her to death, then beat and stabbed the fourth victim as well.
Williams fled east before he was confronted by deputies at City Park Lake in Baton Rouge Sept. 9. He tried to flee but wrecked the SUV he was in, then surrendered to authorities after a short standoff.
Williams is still at the Calcasieu Parish jail, and DeRosier said he would be turned over to state corrections officials soon.