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News 2 Investigates: Suspect released twice before on murder charges

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BATON ROUGE- A News 2 investigation uncovered that a man dubbed as a "ZIP Code Thug" by Ascension Parish Sheriff Jeff Wiley was released from jail two times on previous murder and attempted murder charges.  

Court documents News 2 obtained on Calvin "Dirt" Williams show he was arrested in 2006 on an attempted murder charge.  The following year, those charges were dismissed without a reason given.

That same year, Williams was arrested again.  This time he was accused in a double shooting where one man died.  The deceased victim was chased down Perkins Road after the shooting, according to authorities.  He crashed his car and it caught on fire.  The victim was found at the corner of Siegen Lane and Perkins Road.

Williams was released from jail that year after his defense attorneys filed what's called a 701 motion.  That entitles a defendant to a speedy trial.  In this particular case, formal charges were not made against Williams, therefore a Judge granted his release, according to the documents.

Neighbors who live near Williams last known address were in shock.

"It's disheartening," One neighbor said.  "You never know who your neighbors are."

Cecil Beals is also accused in the murder.   He is currently in jail.  News 2 checked his criminal background which showed he pleaded guilty to drug distribution and was sentenced to three years in prison.

"It does make you scratch your head," Ascension Parish Sheriff Jeff Wiley said.  "It seems like logically these people would be behind bars and the innocent public thinks that happens, sometimes it does."

Williams remains at large tonight.  Call police if you can help them find him.


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