Richmond Times-Dispatch Weekend

Buckingham crash victim identified as shooting suspect

- BY MARK BOWES mbowes@timesdispa­ (804) 649-6450

A Richmond man critically injured in a crash Tuesday in Buckingham County has been identified as a suspect in Sunday’s double shooting in Chesterfie­ld County that left a man dead and his girlfriend with life-threatenin­g injuries.

Chesterfie­ld police had been searching for Willie G. Williams III, 32, soon after the couple were found shot at about 2:30 a.m. in the 7800 block of Provinceto­wn Drive. The male victim, William A. Simpson IV, 27, of 3700 block of King and Queen Drive, died as a result of his injuries. The woman, who wasn’t identified, survived and was taken to a local hospital.

On Thursday, police announced they had located Williams after he had been severely injured in a crash outside the Richmond area, but they didn’t disclose where.

The Farmville Herald reported that Williams was involved in a two-vehicle crash Tuesday on U.S. 15, just north of state Route 688 in Buckingham. Williams was traveling north when his vehicle crossed the center line and struck a tractor-trailer head-on, state police told the newspaper.

Williams, of the 400 block of Waldor Drive in Richmond, remains hospitaliz­ed with lifethreat­ening injuries, Chesterfie­ld police said. They have obtained warrants charging Williams with first-degree murder, breaking and entering with intent to commit murder, malicious wounding and felonious use of a firearm.

Police said Sunday’s shooting was domestic-related and that Williams and the female victim had a previous relationsh­ip. The shooting occurred at the woman’s home and Williams is charged with breaking inside. Simpson was with her at the time.

The investigat­ion is continuing and police urged anyone with informatio­n to call them (804) 748-1251. Tips can be provided anonymousl­y through Crime Solvers at (804) 748-0660 or www. crimesolve­

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