Born May 27, 1958 (age 57)
a group of law-enforcement officers at the river heard a loud splash around 3 a.m. A car fled the scene and the police pursued and pulled them over. The driver was Wayne Williams, a 22- year-old photographer. The police had no idea what the splash was, so they had to let him go. However, two days later, the body of a 27-year-old was found. Williams was brought into questioning and his alibi was weak according to the police, and he also failed several polygraphs.
At the time, DNA testing was not yet a staple of courtroom science. Two scientists on the trial testified that, under a microscope, the hairs that were found on a victim's body, were consistent with those of Wayne Williams. The judge allowed the hairs to be tested and the results were that it was, in fact, Williams hair.
On February 27, Williams was found guilty of the Carter and Jimmy Ray Payne, the conviction was based on physical evidence- matching fibers found on the victims and eyewitness accounts. He was sentenced to two consecutive life terms.