Wayne Williams Trial
Wayne Williams Profile
On February 26th 1982 Wayne Williams was found guilty as charged for the murders of Nathaniel Carter and Jimmy Payne. These two murders took place in April and May of 1981. During William's 8 week trial period, evidence linking him to the murders of 10 other boys and young men was introduced. This evidence consisted of the association of various fibrous debris removed from the 12 murder victims' bodies and fibrous samples from the everyday environment of Wayne Williams.
Fiber evidence used in William's case differed in many ways from typical crimes. First of all fiber evidence has never played a role in a crime that involved so many victims as the Wayne Williams case. Secondly, other important evidence and findings in this trial were used to support the fiber evidence, which is usually not the case. Another difference from this case and other cases was the large amount of publicity the case received.
Name Age Date of disappearance
Edward Smith 14 July 21, 1979
Alfred Evans 13 July 25, 1979
Milton Harvey 14 September 4, 1979
Yusef Bell 9 October 21, 1979
Angel Lenair 12 March 4, 1980
Jeffery Mathis 10 March 11, 1980
Eric Middlebrooks 14 May 18, 1980
Chris Richardson 12 June 9, 1980
Latonya Wilson 7 June 22, 1980
Aaron Wyche 10 June 23, 1980
Anthony Carter 9 July 6, 1980
Earl Terell 11 July 30, 1980
Clifford Jones 13 August 20, 1980
Darren Glass 10 September 14, 1980
Charles Stephens 12 October 9, 1980
Aaron Jackson 9 November 1, 1980
Patrick Rogers 16 November 10, 1980
Lubie Geter 14 January 3, 1981
Terry Pue 15 January 22, 1981
Patrick Baltazar 11 February 6, 1981
Curtis Walker 15 February 19, 1981
Joseph Bell 15 March 2, 1981
Timothy Hill 13 March 13, 1981
Fibers Found on Victims July 1979- May 1981
While investigating they hoped to learn the source of the fibers. They used microscopic study (cross-sectional shapes) as well as Chemists and textile experts asked to ID the source of the fibers. The investigators learned that the yellowish green fiber was probably carpet but the shape was not common. They also learned that fiber is rare and not widely used. This was significant because it reduced the number of locations where the murders could have occurred.
How The Fiber Evidence Helped Investigators
The fiber evidence enabled the investigators to determine a number of key details to solving the crime :
First they could now determine where the crimes could have happened. They would also be able to pin point the manufacturer of the item from its fibers. The manufacturers could be contacted to gather a list of stores or people who bought carpet before the crime. Interviewing these purchasers might be able to bring in more clues.
Important Pieces of Evidence Found at West Point Pepperell Corporation
The investigators used statistical probability to solve this case.
- Demonstrated low probability that the fibers came from anywhere else
- Same fiber and hairs used to connect Williams to other murders
- Hair belonged to Williams' dog (common source)